Lorry driver G. Alagenran was charged in the Kuala Kubu Baru courts with reckless driving for allegedly driving against the flow of traffic on the North-South Expressway on Oct 7, leading to an accident with another lorry. (NSTP/SADDAM YUSOFF)

KUALA KUBU BARU: A lorry driver who allegedly drove against traffic on the North-South Expressway, near the Sungai Buaya interchange on Oct 7, was charged with reckless driving at the magistrate’s court here today.

However, 37-year-old G. Alagenran claimed trial to the charge under Section 42(1) of the Road Transport Act.

According to the charge sheet, Alagenran was alleged to Alagenran driving a Isuzu lorry, with registration number BNV 6378, in a reckless manner which resulted in an accident with a similar lorry, with registration number WD 6228 B, at Km432.5 of the NSE at 7.01pm on Oct 7.

If found guilty, he is liable to imprisonment of up to five years and maximum fine of RM15,000.

Deputy public prosecutor offered bail of RM10,000 in one surety.

However, the accused’s counsel, Amirul Nazri Anas, urged the court for a smaller bail amount as Alagenran was the sole breadwinner for his family of six.

The court allowed bail at RM9,000 in one surety and set Nov 15 for remention of the case.

After the proceedings, however, the accused was taken by police to the Shah Alam courts to answer for outstanding arrest warrants against him for traffic offences.

A 85-second video clip of the accident had gone viral over social media following the incident on Oct 7.

It was reported that initial police checks showed that the driver of the lorry which had been against the flow of traffic had 64 summonses and 36 arrest warrants, besides not even holding a valid driving licence.

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