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The Road Transport Department (JPJ) has announced that under its Ops Tahun Baru Cina, lorries transporting goods will be banned from travelling on all highways on February 6, 7, 13 and 14. According to JPJ enforcement director Datuk V. Valluvan Vello, the move was done to help alleviate traffic jams on the highway, as well as minimising the risk of accidents involving drivers during the festive period.

“We have already given out notices to all parties concerned and we will only give exceptions to lorries transporting food items, fuel, logistical waste and medicines,” he told The Sun Daily at a press conference.

The department will also station 4,500 officials and 700 vehicles on highways and roads throughout the country as part of its enforcement, and will issue summonses to those who infringe upon the regulations.

Valluvan added that the JPJ will also carry out checks on 82 express bus depots and 29 main bus terminals nationwide to determine if the buses plying their respective routes are safe. “We hope to drastically limit the number of road accidents and fatalities with our initiatives this year,” he said.