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Beginning October 1, the Road Transport Department (JPJ) will be carrying out a nationwide special operation on non-regulation number plates and the use of strobe lights on vehicles, Bernama reports.

The operation will be executed in two phases. During the first ‘educatory’ phase, lasting throughout October, JPJ will send out warning notices, reminders and advice to motorists on number plate regulation and correct usage, including brochures containing number plate specification under kaedah 6 Kaedah-kaedah kenderaan Motor (Pendaftaran dan Pelesenan) 1959.

During the first phase, motorists who fall foul of the rules will not be issued with summons through road-block checks and patrolling by JPJ, said JPJ director-general Datuk Seri Ismail Ahmad.

“(Translated) They will be given a letter of reminder to swap their non-regulation number plate for one that abides by the rules,” Bernama quoted him as saying.

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But by November 1, the second phase of operation, motorists that do not comply can be fined a maximum of RM300.

During the operation, JPJ will also ask owners to remove strobe lights from their vehicles, as well as scale up operations on overloaded vehicles and vehicles carrying dangerous goods.

According to Ismail, 6,915 death cases were recorded on the roads last year, and this is estimated to increase to 10,716 cases by the year 2020 if enforcement is not carried out. With enforcement, JPJ targets a reduction to 5,300 cases by that year.