The Road Transport Department (JPJ) has launched its fleet of new vehicles that is aimed at enhancing its services nationwide. The new assets, which are comprised of various types of vehicles were procured with a cost of RM22 million.

Among the new vehicles that are a part of the new vehicle fleet include 80 Honda CR-Vs, 71 Ford Rangers, 14 Ford Transits and for the first time ever, the JPJ will use high-powered motorcycles with 20 Kawasaki Versys 650s being deployed as well.

Present at the launch was Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, who highlighted the various applications of the vehicles. “In order to reach more areas, JPJ will use the robust Ford Ranger,” he told The New Straits Times

On the usage of the Kawasaki Versys 650s, Liow said, “the addition of the motorcycles will allow our JPJ officers to beat traffic congestion, allowing them to solve any issues on the road quickly.” Of the 20 units, half will be used by the Selangor JPJ, while the KL JPJ will receive deliveries of the remaining 10.

“We also plan to use more high-powered motorcycles in large cities such as Ipoh and Johor Bahru next year based on the needs and available funds,” he added. The new fleet of vehicles will expand the JPJ’s arsenal, which also include 14 mobile units that offer eight services including licence and road tax renewals, and the transfer of vehicle ownership.

Liow was also present to officiate the launch of the ‘Jom JPJ‘ programme at the Bentong Bus Terminal. The campaign is part of the Department’s initiative to provide its services to Malaysians who are living in rural areas during weekends. Recently, the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) has begun using electric vehicles (Renault Twizy and “electric chariots”) for patrols.