PETALING JAYA - The police and seven other agencies joined forces to conduct major roadblocks in many areas nationwide, issuing summonses to traffic offenders and reminding them to abide by traffic rules and regulations.
Though the focus was on the Road Transport Department's (JPJ) crackdown against motorists with fancy number plates, using strobe lights and unapproved high intensity discharge (HID) headlamps, the police and Land and Public Transport Commission (SPAD) were also involved, checking for permits, unpaid summons, expired driving licences and other traffic offences.
The Department of Environment was also roped in to check on vehicles belching excessive smoke.
In GENTING HIGHLANDS, the Narcotics Investigation Department and National Drug Agency team was also on a roll testing motorists and their passengers and arrested a handful of those found to be under influence of drugs.
ASP Mazni Mattladzim said though checks were random, this time they were strict on the number plates and the process was more thorough with the help of the other agencies that included Puspakom.
JPJ officer Zainon Daud said the department also took the opportunity to advise road users on the level of tint allowed on their vehicles.
In BUKIT MERTAJAM, Penang JPJ chief enforcement officer Jamaludin Sharif said 51 summonses were issued to motorists for violating various traffic offences.
He said 20 summonses were issued to motorists who breached the rules on number plates during the five-hour operation, which started at 1pm yesterday.
Other summonses were for installation of strobe or beacon lights (eight) and expired road tax and driving licences (31).
He said the operations were centred in Jalan Penanti, Jalan Mengkuang and Jalan Berapit.
In JOHOR BARU, 17 summonses were issued to motorists for offences involving registration number plates during two separate checks here.
State JPJ director Johari Yusof said enforcement officers conducted a five-hour check around the city area.
"Those who have been issued summonses must rectify the modifications on the registration plates before they are allowed to pay the fine," he said.
He said checks on vehicles with strobe lights started late last night.