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The Road Transport Department (JPJ) will be ramping up enforcement against emergency lane abusers, according to a report in The Sun. The department is also continuing its zero tolerance policy against queue jumpers in heavy traffic, said JPJ enforcement director Datuk Valluvan Veloo.

“We are also welcoming public feedback. In fact, complaints on emergency lane offenders are close to 80% for the total number of public complaints on traffic matters that we have received in the past few months,” he said. Operations included static and mobile JPJ patrol teams at four locations – the Kesas Highway, Elite Highway, Federal Highway and Jalan Istana in Kuala Lumpur.

“These are the areas that are commonly known of having lane abusers during evening peak hours. So we hope with road traffic enforcement, road users will comply to traffic laws and show respect to other motorists too,” said Valluvan.

During the two-hour operation from 5 pm yesterday, 33 drivers received summonses on the Federal Highway heading towards the city centre, while summonses were also issued to 20 drivers along the Kesas and Elite highways, and 19 summonses were issued on Jalan Istana.

All summonses were issued under Rule 53 of the Road Traffic Rules 1959 – the summonses each carry a fine of a maximum of RM2,000 or jail time not less than a year, and those issued the summonses will be requested to appear in court soon, the report says. “We are no longer issuing compounds of RM300. For emergency lane abusers, we are sending them straight to court,” Valluvan said.