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By Adrian Lim
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 30: The Transport Ministry has no issue for allowing private or commercial vehicle owners to install dashcams.
Nonetheless, Deputy Transport Minister Hasbi Habibollah pointed out that the installation of dashcams should not cause major changes to the safety requirements of the vehicles.
“At the moment, the ministry is yet to make it compulsory for the installation of dashcams for private or commercial vehicles.
“This is because there were a few important aspects which needed to be studied such as the absence of international or local standards in the installation of dashcams,” he said in Parliament today.
Hasbi said this when replying to Ledang MP Syed Ibrahim Syed Noh who asked the government’s stance on making dashcams compulsory as a basic accessory in every vehicle.
He also said the government has no objections against those who wanted to install dashcams voluntarily in their vehicles as long as it is safe and does not affect the vision of the drivers while driving.
Hasbi acknowledged that the usage of dashcams can assist various enforcement agencies in conducting investigations into road accidents or criminal cases.
On a supplementary question by Syed Ibrahim on the submission of footage from dashcams as evidence, Hasbi said there were no restrictions when doing so.
He explained that the procedure will still follow the normal court process including checking, technical inspections and verifications to ensure the authenticity of the footage and it is up to the court to accept or reject it as evidence.
Hasbi noted the regulators of some countries such as the United Kingdom and Russia allowed it. —DayakDaily