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Bernama reports that the Road Transport Department (JPJ) will be looking into the durability of road tax stickers, following complaints that the existing ones fade and tear easily.

JPJ director-general Datuk Seri Ismail Ahmad said corrective actions will be taken to improve the quality in future issues of the tax stickers, and that motorists could replace faded or torn tax stickers at any JPJ office, for free.

Meanwhile, Ismail said JPJ detected 33,358 traffic offences nationwide during the Aidilfitri festive period, between July 21 and August 5. Enforcement teams checked 133,144 vehicles and took action on 25,188 motorists for various offences, he said.

Of these, 10,524 were for non-possession of a valid driving licence; no road tax (8,815); not wearing safety helmets, overtaking on double lines or on the left, and not wearing seat belts (7,160); offences of a technical nature (4,342); violation of the Land Transport Act (554); violation of the Commercial Vehicle Licensing Act (423) and other offences (1,540).

Last year, JPJ issued a total of 460,000 traffic summonses – over 80% of which involved expired driving licences and lapsed road taxes.

Meanwhile, Britain, who has seen its motorists display the legendary ‘tax disc’ on their windscreens since 1921, is set to switch to an electronic system this October, with automatic number plate recognition cameras providing enforcement.