Transport ministry says those with illegal driving licences only have two more weeks to surrender them

The transport ministry has warned those with illegal driving licences that they only have two more weeks to surrender their licences to the integrity unit of the road transport department (JPJ) or face action. According to transport minister Anthony Loke, there would be no possibility of evasion because the JPJ has detailed information on their identities, Bernama reports.

“There will be a meeting on Monday with JPJ at JPJ headquarters and among the issues to be discussed include the total number of illegal driving licence holders who had surrendered. We have reminded all such licence holders or buyers to return them to JPJ within a month and now there is only two weeks left before we start taking action against them,” he said.

In September, Loke said that the ministry had identified 14,000 lesen terbang licences issued by renegade JPJ personnel over the past two years. The majority of the illegal driving licence holders are Malaysians, but there are also foreigners who bought their Malaysian driving licences. The licences are sold for between RM2,000 and RM3,500 each.

Last month, 12 JPJ officers and employees from Perlis, Perak, Negeri Sembilan, Sabah and Sarawak were detained for suspected involvement in the issuance of such licences. Loke added that since then, at least two more JPJ personnel have been apprehended by the Malaysian anti-corruption commission (MACC) in the case.