The Road Transport Department (JPJ) has announced it will be conducting Ops Jalan later this month in a bid to reduce road accidents and nab traffic offenders, The Sun reports. The nationwide operation will involve 1,500 enforcement officers and take place on Dec 24-26 and Dec 30-Jan 2 next year.

The department’s enforcement director, Datuk V. Valluvan Velloo said the operation will be the first of many that have been planned for all long holidays during a calendar year. Previously, the department only carried out operations during the Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Chinese New Year festive periods.

He said that JPJ will employ a number of different strategies, including round-the-clock patrolling and random vehicle checks on selected roads as well as disguising as civilians while taking pictures of offenders.

“We will do checks on buses at all main bus terminals including their brakes and tyres, and even do random urine tests on drivers. We will also be disguising as passengers to record any offences until we reach the end destination. However, I would like to stress that there will be no road blocks during this period, to ensure no further traffic congestion,” Valluvan said.

There will also be a crackdown on motorcycles with illegal specifications during Ops Jalan, and any vehicles found not complying with permitted technical specifications – including those for exhausts and window tint – will be seized for a period of not more than 48 hours for examination purposes.

“We have instructed all state JPJ offices that the compound rates will be the maximum for any traffic offences,” he said. He added that no appeals will be entertained, and there would be no discount for summonses.

Valluvan added that the action taken against more than 7,000 emergency lane abusers since May this year, 1,700 examples of which were reported by road users, has resulted in a marked decrease in those driving on the emergency lanes. “When we started, there were hundreds of cases reported each week, but in November, there were only about one or two per day. Summons produced have decreased by about 70%,” he said.