Caused a crash for not signaling? In Malaysia, you can go to jail for that

by Anton Andres | 6 days ago

What do you think of our traffic violation penalties? Too light? Too harsh? Whatever you think of them, the ones here pale in comparison to the ones we found in Malaysia. Some of these might surprise you, while others are pretty understandable.

We previously reported that people who stand on parking slots to reserve it can face jail time if caught after multiple offenses. Whether you think the penalty is excessive or not, reserving parking spaces should really be frowned upon. But here are other motoring offenses that can get you a free ride in a patrol car in Malaysia.

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Causing an accident for not signaling in Malaysia: Fine of P63,000, up to 12 months imprisonment

Whether it’s here or abroad, it’s particularly annoying when someone cuts you off and the

offending party did so without signaling. Over in Malaysia, if you cause a serious accident for not signaling, the police won’t take that sitting down. For the police, it counts as reckless driving, hence the heavy penalty. Mind you, that P63,000 fine is merely for the first offence—subsequent offences can rake up to P190,000 in fines on top of a year in prison.

So, what do you think? Are these fines and penalties too stiff or fair? Chime in the comments below.

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