Motorcycles

According to Kuala Lumpur traffic police chief ACP Mohd Nadzri Hussain, the selfish attitude among Malaysian motorcyclists has contributed to a majority of traffic accidents in 2015, which in certain cases, resulted in fatalities.

Put into numbers, Mohd Nadzri explained that from January 2015 to December 2015, a total of 11,510 accidents involving motorcyclists were reported. From that total, 177 cases involved fatalities. He said the traffic offences are usually committed by dispatch riders and food delivery staff, who make illegal U-turns and ride through oncoming traffic.

“What disappoints us is this selfish Malaysian attitude. There is not much (of a) time difference if they make the U-turn at the right places. They do not seem to take into account the safety of other motorists and pedestrians. It seems like a small offence but we have reports on fatal accidents caused by making illegal U-turns,” he told The Sun.

To cope with the issue, Mohd Nadzri said the police will undertake several measures, including setting up ‘Ops Roda’ operations on an almost daily basis. “We have teams which conduct operations everyday. During the day we will conduct ‘Ops Roda’, while at night, we will normally conduct other operations such as ‘Ops Mabuk’ and ‘Ops Speeding’,” he said.

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School students aren’t left out either as the police have also conducted special operations codenamed ‘Ops Didik’ in schools. The Ops targeted students who ride motorcycles to schools without a valid licence.

“It is quite disappointing to see parents who allow their children to ride motorbikes to school without a licence. Some of them caught by us are still underaged like 13- to 15-year-old students. For me, it is still the responsibility of the parents to educate their children. It starts from home,” Mohd Nadzri said.

During a four-day operation conducted in schools last year, a total of 274 summonses were issued to school students for various traffic offences while 74 motorcycles were seized, he added.