KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 5 – The Road Transport Department (JPJ) is now tracking down vehicles with unapproved high intensity discharge (HID) headlamps and strobe lights as they can pose a danger to other motorists. JPJ director-general Datuk Seri Ismail Ahmad said integrated operations conducted simultaneously nationwide since last Saturday, also targeted vehicles with fancy registration plates made not according to specifications.
He added that 100 operations were carried out involving 1,500 officers from JPJ, police as well as the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD). “On Saturday and Sunday, 1,574 summonses were issued to motorists for various offences. I expect the total to increase in one or two weeks,” he told reporters at the Sungai Besi toll plaza here Tuesday.
Ismail said major road safety operations were launched as a measure to reduce the number of accidents and fatalities on roads. “Road accidents and deaths in Malaysia is a threat, If other countries fight the threats of war and famine, we fight against the threat of road accidents in Malaysia,” he said adding that there were 6,915 deaths recorded from 477,500 accidents, last year.
Ismail said the road safety operation would be carried out continuously for about three months. Meanwhile, in another development, he said the operation against tinted glass would also continue to ensure motorists comply with the latest JPJ regulation. “The regulation sets the windscreen in front to have at least 70 percent light penetration while it is 50 percent for windows and 30 percent for the windscreen at the back,” he said. “The new regulations on the tinted glasses will come into effect on May 1, 2015,” he said.