The Road Transport Department (JPJ) is getting serious. On the first day of its operation (Saturday, November 1) against high-intensity discharge (HID) and strobe lights, plus non-regulation number plates, the Perak state branch issued a total of 163 summonses, The Star reports.

Out of 808 vehicles inspected on that day, from morning to midnight, 21 summonses were issued for non-regulation number plates, according to enforcement chief Mohd Ariff Abdul Rahman.

The remainder were issued for strobe lights, unapproved HIDs, plus expired road taxes, insurances and driving licences. Among the towns in which the operation was carried out were Ipoh, Gerik, Tapah, Kuala Kangsar and Teluk Intan.

Apart from the summonses, 91 warning notices were issued to non-compliant motorists with regards to window tints, Mohd Ariff told the English-language daily.

JPJ is currently advising, educating and spreading awareness on the new tint rules (front windscreen 70% VLT, front side windows 50% VLT, rear side windows and rear screen 30% VLT), and will only start issuing tint-related summonses in May 2015.

Current (left) and new tint regulations.
VLT expressed in percentages; the lower the number, the darker the tint