Govt proposing heavier sentence for drunk drivers, driving under the influence – up to 20 years jail

It is being proposed that drivers who are found guilty driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI), and driving dangerously causing death, face up to 20 years jail, said minister in the prime minister’s department (law) Datuk Liew Vui Keong, reported by Bernama. He said that the cabinet

Gov't freezes toll rates hike for 2020, costs RM1 billion

Finance minister Lim Guan Eng has announced that the government will continue freezing the increase on toll fares across the country this year, but told reporters that the move would cost RM1 billion in compensation to concessionaires, The Star reports. “Although the government is freezing toll increase this year, the

Gov't looking at restructuring of import duties on cars

The government says it is looking into a potential restructuring of import duties on cars, with both the finance ministry and the ministry of international trade and industry (MITI) involved in discussions, according to finance minister Lim Guan Eng. Lim said that a joint committee comprising officials from both ministries

Gov't looking for best solution to settle PLUS' debt

Prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad says the government is looking at solutions to resolve the financial problems plaguing PLUS Malaysia, and that the best choice currently is for Khazanah Nasional – which is the major shareholder in PLUS – to manage the toll concession company to settle its debt,

Thailand gov't plans several initiatives to promote EVs

The Thailand government is ramping up its efforts to promote the take up of electric vehicles in the country, and has several measures planned, according to energy minister Sontirat Sontijirawong. In a report by Bangkok Post, Sontirat said the government is studying tax waivers, discounts and partial subsidies to attract

Auto industry wants govt. to slash GST rate to 18%

Members of the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) have met the Finance Minister of India to request the government to reduce the GST rate on automobiles from 28% to 18%. Rajan Wadhera, President, SIAM has also reiterated the automobile manufacturers’ stand. Two-wheeler brands, including Hero MotoCorp, are also in

Govt. could make use of nitrogen in tyres mandatory

According to a media report, the government is considering making the use of nitrogen in tyres mandatory. To improve the quality of tyres, manufacturers may be required to mix silicon with the rubber used for manufacturing tyres. Reports suggest that silicon mixed rubber and the use of nitrogen instead of