Tuesday, 14 August 2012

JPJ and cops to monitor 193 accident-prone sites

PETALING JAYA: Road Transport Department (JPJ) officers and traffic policemen will jointly monitor 193 “black spots” during the Hari Raya traffic enforcement operation, Ops Selamat.

JPJ director-general Datuk Solah Mat Hassan said 846 enforcement officers had been tasked with ensuring that motorists obey traffic rules in 96 locations, which had a high incidence of fatal traffic accidents. The rest would be monitored by the police.

“We will focus our efforts on motorcyclists and express bus drivers because these groups are the highest contributors to road accidents and fatalities, at about 60% to 65%,” he told reporters after inspecting enforcement efforts at the South Puchong toll plaza here yesterday.

Ops Selamat, which was launched on Sunday, will continue until Aug 26.

Solah said express buses would be subjected to more scrutiny, adding that motorcycles would also be routinely checked.

“Express buses will be checked before drivers start their journey. Undercover officers will randomly board buses to ensure that drivers abide by traffic rules.

“Officers will immediately stop the driver from driving if he is found to be flouting traffic rules. Since Aug 5, we have inspected 938 buses at 32 depots nationwide. Only 67 have failed inspections for not complying with tyre tread and braking standards,” he said.

Drug tests, he added, would also be conducted on bus drivers.

Solah also announced that heavy vehicles would be banned for two days before the festive period on Aug 17 and 18 and after Hari Raya on Aug 25 and 26.

He also said motorists caught for traffic violations at checkpoints would be able to pay their summonses on site as officers would have access to the MySIKAP database.

“We have been testing this for about a month and so far, it has been working well. In the future, we may use this for everything, including renewing road taxes on the spot,” said Solah.


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