The Road Transport Department’s (JPJ) new Education, Prevention and Enforcement strategy implemented in conjunction with the Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebrations this year has yielded a positive impact, especially in reducing road accidents.

According to Bernama, JPJ director-general Datuk Seri Shaharuddin Khalid said some of the the strategies included going undercover in busses, planting intelligence at bus terminals as well as the usual motorcycle patrols. The term “positive impact” was measured by the drop in collective summonses issued, which was 19% or 30,820 compared to 37,913 summonses recorded in the same period last year.

“This year we introduced JPJ officers operating incognito as passengers in express buses and have issued 139 summonses to drivers of 658 buses. We also carried out checks at all bus terminals and found 11 bus drivers that failed urine tests and, if found guilty, their licences will be revoked,” Shaharuddin told reporters.

He also said the motorcycle patrols on a two-week long enforcement (from June 8) have issued 5,341 summonses for various offences, including for having no driving licence and for vehicles with expired road tax.

As many as 200 JPJ motorcycles have been mobilised to patrol the accident hot spots. “This includes a special motorcycle operation on June 12 and 13, which saw 25,304 motorcycles being inspected and 4,400 summonses issued in the last two days,” explained Shaharuddin.

Meanwhile, approximately 35,948 summonses under the Automated Awareness Security System (AWAS) had been issued during the operational period until June 24. “The summonses involved two offences, for exceeding the speed limit (33,727 summonses) and for traffic light violations (2,221 summonses).