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The Road Transport Department (JPJ) says it will be carrying out an in-depth review of its current enforcement operation against the use of high-intensity discharge (HID) and strobe lights as well as non-regulation licence plates, according to news reports.

The review will allow the department to fully evaluate the effectiveness of the operation – it will then be decided whether the exercise should be continued or stopped after the one-month period of enforcement ends on November 30, its director-general Datuk Seri Ismail Ahmad told reporters.

He said that in the first week of the operation, 5,515 summonses were issued on the spot to errant motorists. He added that the nationwide crackdown – which began at the start of the month – was not just to penalise motorists but also to educate them on the need to follow the law.

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The November-long exercise is the second phase of the operation. In October, when it began, motorists who fell foul of the rules were not issued with summonses. In the current second phase, motorists with vehicles that do not comply to the regulations can be fined a maximum of RM300.

The enforcement on the new permissible levels of window tint will only begin on May 1 next year. Some state branches are already taking the initiative to ensure there is no confusion over the compliance levels – JPJ Melaka announced last week it was offering free window tint inspection.