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Ops Hari Raya Aidilfitri is now in full swing. The first day of the nationwide operation saw 170 offences and 1,030 vehicles inspected by authorities. The police, Road Transport Department (JPJ) and Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) were involved.

Bernama reported that among the offences were expired road tax, driving without a valid licence, illegal vehicle modifications and licence plate numbers that are not according to specifications. Seven people were also made to undergo urine tests, suspected to be driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

“The joint operation with various enforcement agencies was carried out to ensure road safety during the festive season,” JPJ director-general Datuk Seri Ismail Ahmad said after an operation at the Duke Highway’s Batu toll plaza on Saturday night.

In Johor Bahru, state JPJ director Johari Yusof warned express bus drivers to be careful during the Raya season, as they are being watched by undercover officers.

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“The officers will be in plain clothes and will buy their bus tickets before boarding like everybody else,” he said after launching an operation at Plaza Angsana. Johari added that some 160 personnel and 50 Skuad JPJ volunteers are on standby at 30 accident-prone areas in the state daily until July 25.

In addition, JPJ personnel as well as those from the Road Safety Department will be stationed at rest stops to engage the public on road safety issues.

Johari reminded that heavy vehicles were banned on the roads on July 14 and 15, and July 24 and 25. “These are the days where high traffic volume is expected for the balik kampung rush. This will ensure the comfort of other road users,” he said.