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IPOH – The Perak Road Transport Department (JPJ) inspected 515 express buses at four bus terminals in the state from June 18 until yesterday as part of the ongoing Aidilfitri ‘Ops Bersepadu’ operation.

JPJ deputy director-general (operations) Datuk Yusoff Ayub said 22 summonses were issued during the period for various offences following the inspection at the Amanjaya Bus Terminal, Teluk Intan Express Bus Terminal, Kamunting Bus Terminal and Sri Manjung Bus Terminal.

“Among the offences were several associated with signal lights, brakes and tyres,” he told a media conference at the Amanjaya Bus Terminal here yesterday. The operation would be on until July 2.

Yusoff said JPJ advised road users against committing the seven offences usually committed during the Aidilfitri period, namely flouting the red light, overtaking on the double line, not wearing safety belts, using cell-phones while driving, driving on the emergency lane, speeding, and heavy vehicles, especially, hogging the right lane.

“We remind all road-users to comply with the law and we will not hesitate to issue summonses if they do not obey directives,” he said.

He advised road-users to lodge complaints via the JPJ hotline if they found any road-user flouting the law. – BERNAMA

PUTRAJAYA – The Road Transport Department (JPJ) has clarified that there are no demerit points for driving through when the traffic light is amber.

The Department in a statement here today said the KEJARA demerit points system only involved beating the red light and speeding.

The statement was in reSponse to social media going abuzz that drivers will be penalised points under the system if they beat the amber light,

Under the KEJARA system, which came into force on April 15, drivers risk having their licence suspended or even banned from driving if they chalk up a certain number of points.

The department further denied that 400 Automatic Enforcement System (AES) cameras will be installed nationwide.

It said currently there were 14 such cameras and that the number would only be increased from time to time and advised the public not to be easily taken in by what was said on social media but instead refer to the authorities to get the correct information. – BERNAMA

IPOH – The Road Transport Department (JPJ) has brushed off allegations that it had conducted enforcement in school compounds, including issuing summonses on students who committed traffic offences.

Its director-general, Datuk Seri Nadzri Siron said the presence of JPJ officers at schools nationwide since last month was for the road safety and enforcement campaign, which had been tailored for school students.

“This programme is being implemented under the National Blue Ocean Strategy (NBOS) between the Road Safety Department, Education Ministry and the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (Miros).

“The main objective is to create awareness among the students and parents on traffic regulations, in addition to (stressing on) the importance of having
valid driving licence,” he told reporters after closing the Kinta district ‘One Community, One JPJ’ programme, here today.

Nadzri also said three schools in each state would be chosen for the road safety and enforcement campaign.

He was commenting on images showing JPJ officers issuing summonses to school students which went viral recently.

Students found to have record of traffic offences during the campaign period would be issued notices to meet with JPJ officers who would then conduct further investigation and give advice. – BERNAMA

SARIKEI – The Sarawak Road Transport Department (RTD) has issued 8,579 summonses for various traffic offences in the first two months of this year, said its director Mohd Syafiq Anas Abdullah.

“A total of 3,850 summonses were issued in January, while the remaining 4,729 were issued in February,” he said.

“Thus, as a measure to further strengthen traffic enforcement, the state RTD will focus on seven main traffic offences and overloading in its road operation this year,” he told reporters after attending an integrated operation here last night.

The seven traffic offences include heavy vehicles driving in the emergency lane continuously, using the mobile phones when driving, not wearing seatbelts, failure to follow traffic lights, overtaking at double lines and driving beyond the speed limit.

Mohd Syafiq said, focus would also be given to reduce accident rate involving motorcyclists and pillion riders by at least 50 per cent. – BERNAMA

PUTRAJAYA – The government has made it mandatory for all commercial vehicles weighing 3,500kgs and above with load to have MS 828:2011 rear reflectors installed with immediate effect.

The Road Transport Department (JPJ) in a statement here today, however, said that enforcement on side reflector installation for the same category of commercial vehicles has been deferred until further notice. at

The need for the rear reflectors was stated under the MS 828:2011 Reflectors Installation Guidelines for Commercial Vehicles, the statement said.

Prior to this, the government had announced that it would be mandatory for the said commercial vehicles to install the side reflectors from Jan 1.

The statement said that currently only two companies had met the MS 828:2011 standard from SIRIM for the reflectors, namely Orafol Reflective Solutions (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd and 3M Malaysia Sdn Bhd.

However, sale of the reflectors by 3M Malaysia Sdn Bhd has been temporarily suspended pending reconfirmation by SIRIM, it added. – BERNAMA

PETALING JAYA: The Road Transport Department (JPJ) has denied rumours of an increase in road tax for motor vehicles of 880cc and above starting January next year.

“The information is fake, and has been spread through social media and WhatsApp applications lately.

“The department views this matter seriously as it can cause misunderstanding among the public,” JPJ said in a statement Monday.

The rumours started earlier in the day and began circulating on social media that road tax would go up by 25%.

JPJ advised the public not to believe information from social media, and to get in touch with the authorities directly instead of spreading unverified information.

SEPANG – The Road Transport Department’s (JPJ) mySIKAP system which was inaccessible and caused service disruption since yesterday has been fully restored today, said JPJ director-general Datuk Nadzri Siron.

He said this was conveyed to him by the department’s information technology director early today.

“We have taken immediate steps to fix the situation by improving and stepping-up the security of the system which was unstable.

“Thank God JPJ services and transactions were back to normal this morning,” he told reporters during a visit to the JPJ Enforcement Station branch at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) here.

JPJ in a statement yesterday informed that the mySIKAP system was inaccessible due to technical and security problems. – BERNAMA

KUALA TERENGGANU – The suspect arrested in connection with the murder of Kelantan Road Transport Department staff at a parking lot of the Terengganu Islamic Religious and Malay Customs Council, here last Sunday has been remanded for seven days beginning today.

The remand order was issued by Magistrate Rozianti Mohamed Hanaphi at the Kuala Terengganu Magistrate’s Court.

The 29-year-old suspect will be investigated under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder.

In the incident at about 11am on Sunday, the victim Mohd Shukri Husin, 34, was believed to have been stabbed to death by the suspect, who was also his future brother-in-law.

The suspect then fled the scene with the help of his friend in a Honda car.

On the same day, police had detained the suspect’s alleged accomplice and his uncle about 4.30 pm and 4.45 pm to assist investigation into the case.

Police yesterday arrested the suspect at about 12.30pm at Jalan Jeram in Kampung Petai Bubus, Manir, here.

The suspect who appeared hungry and weak was nabbed by the roadside after hiding for four days. – BERNAMA

PADANG BESAR – The Road Transport Department (RTD) is conducting a campaign to get 1.2 Malaysians without a driving licence to apply for them.

Its director-general, Datuk Nadzri Siron said they wanted to know the reasons why these people do not possess a driving licence despite being eligible for a licence.

“The RTD wants to know whether they do not want to drive, do not have a vehicle or dependent on public transport.

“We have to trace them to avoid problems, especially if they drive without a driving licence,” he said after the closing of the RTD National Cadet Camp 2016 by Deputy Minister of Transport, Datuk Ab Aziz Kaprawi at Kem Tasoh today.

Nadzri said this was in line with the Road Safety Plan 2014-2020 which set a target to reduce up to 50 percent of fatal accidents in this country.

“Of the total number of cases, some 62 percent involved motorcycles.”

The government must ensure that the public and the next generation of Malaysians possess attitudes and practices that prioritise road safety and compliance with the law.

“There are 18.8 million registered vehicles that are still active and they involve 14 million drivers,” he added.

According to statistics, a total of 6,700 fatal accidents were recorded last year. Of the number, some 30 percent involved school students. – BERNAMA

 

KUALA LUMPUR: A female employee at the Road Transport Department (JPJ) in Wangsa Maju here was caught offguard when two robbers broke into the office and flashed a parang at her before fleeing with RM754,000.

The two armed robbers had entered the JPJ headquarters located along Jalan Genting Klang, Setapak, at about 5.45pm Monday through the unlocked backdoor.

City CID chief Senior Asst Comm Rusdi Mohd Isa said the female employee was among three JPJ officers on duty during the heist.

“The suspects wore helmets and headed straight to the administrative enforcement office.

“They pointed a parang at the female employee before going into the revenue department where two officers were calculating the day’s earning.

“They snatched the money from the officers and made away with the loot,” he added.

The case is investigated under Section 395/397 of the Penal Code for gang robbery.