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The Road Transport Department (JPJ) has said that it will act upon photographic and video evidence of those caught abusing emergency lanes on highways.

In the report by The Star, JPJ director Datuk V. Valluvan Veloo stated that the department was not delaying the move, and have tasked specific officers to handle such complaints online.

He explained that all non-emergency vehicles are barred from using emergency lanes, including motorcycles. “But we want evidence on cars and lorries as these are more dangerous,” he said.

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So far, the department has received encouraging response from the public after it first announced that it would be accepting photographic and video evidence of emergency lane abusers.

“We find the initiative to be very effective as our enforcement officers cannot be anywhere and everywhere,” he said, adding that 1,300 photographs of vehicles using emergency lanes were sent in from May 22.

The complaints will be channeled to the department’s headquarters where officers will respond to each one. “We are constantly monitoring it and when we have enough evidence, we will bring the offenders to court,” he said.

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However, he stated that only passengers were allowed to snap photos, and drivers were barred from using mobile devices while behind the wheel. So, if you want to nab emergency lane abusers on the highway, a dashcam is your best bet.

The police are also cracking down on the abuse of emergency lanes, especially with the imminent Hari Raya balik kampung rush. Bukit Aman Crime Prevention and Community Safety Department director Comm Datuk Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani said the lanes were meant for emergency purposes.

“Motorists who drive on emergency lanes do not understand that they are obstructing personnel from reaching the (emergency) scene as fast as possible. We will act against anyone caught using emergency lanes with the maximum RM300 fine imposed,’’ he added.