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The Road Transport Department (JPJ) is developing an app for the public to upload photos of errant motorists, The Star reports. According to JPJ enforcement director Datuk V. Valluvan Veloo, the move is to make it easier for the public to help the department, which can’t be everywhere, to nab culprits.

Valluvan added that the photos submitted by the public should not be limited to just motorists who misused emergency and fast lanes, but also for other offences such as heavily-tinted windows or modified vehicles. “We want to encourage more people to snap photos and send us the evidence,” he told The Star.

However, those who are taking photos should ensure that they themselves are not breaking the law. For instance, those who are driving should not use their phones to snap photos of others talking on the phones, and should let other passengers in the vehicle perform the task instead.

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Valluvan also pointed out that the department will take action taken against its own if caught breaking the law, citing a recent viral photo which showed an officer talking on the phone while driving a JPJ vehicle. The officer has since been fined, transferred to another section, and referred to the disciplinary board.

Before the app is launched however, the public can still send photos of errant motorists by e-mailing them to aduantrafik@jpj.gov.my, along with the necessary details (time, location and vehicle plate number).

Valluvan said a majority (70%) of information about those who misuse the emergency lane came from the public, and the department had taken action against these motorists. The number of emergency lane abusers have reduced due to stricter enforcement, with 2,280 motorists caught for the offence so far.