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The Road Transport Department (JPJ) has announced that all commercial vehicles will be required to have light reflectors installed by next year. The new ruling – which will cover some 1.2 million CVs in the country – comes into effect in January, Bernama reports.

The light reflectors used on the vehicles must comply with the Malaysian Standard MS828:2011 recognised by SIRIM, according to JPJ director-general Datuk Nadzri Siron. He added that CVs that do not have the light reflectors installed risk being fined.

“Owners of commercial vehicles who do not fix the SIRIM standard light reflectors by that time will be fined RM300 and ordered to install the reflector,” he said. He explained that the move was being enforced following numerous accidents at night involving commercial vehicles that were parked by the roadside following a breakdown.

He added that presently, only two companies were selling light reflector products recognised by SIRIM QAS International. These are from 3M Malaysia and Orafol Reflective Solutions; each product is being sold at between RM60 to RM80, and are available at Puspakom and several resellers appointed by the suppliers.