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The Road Transport Department (JPJ) has announced that it will be conducting Ops Tahun Baru Cina (TBC) to further clamp down on cloned cars in Johor. According to The Star, the state has seen its fair share of clone car cases, having seized nearly 100 vehicles since last year and 22 units just last month.

“The department will be conducting Ops Tahun Baru Cina (TBC) to curb car cloning cases that has become a trend not only in the city but also in the districts such as Kluang, Muar, Pontian, Tenang, Sri Gading and others,” said Mohd Rusdi Mohd Darus, a director of Johor JPJ.

Rusdi continued to say that Ops TBC would be examining vehicle chassis numbers and registration plates. “Owners who fail to provide legal information about the vehicles will be sent to the JPJ office for further investigation,” he said.

Operations will last until February 16, and those found guilty may be fined up to RM12,000 under Section 108 of the Road Transport Act 1987 for making a false report and Section 7 for driving a non registered vehicle.

Concerned over new statistics for 2015 that suggest up 60% of accidents involved motorcycles and another 1% being express busses, the JPJ director also revealed that Ops TBC would be paying closer attention to the road-worthiness of these vehicles, too.

“During Ops TBC, we will be checking express buses and motorcycles to ascertain if their brakes and tyres are roadworthy,” he said, highlighting that express busses would be examined at the Larkin and Bentayan Bus Terminal, as well as Machap and Pagoh rest areas.

Additionally, JPJ will also be carrying out Ops Sikap from February 2 to 16 in an attempt to weed out errant motorists on the road. Some 100 JPJ officers will be going undercover on express busses and more, nationwide, to catch law-breaking motorists on the spot.