Thirty one summonses were issued and a motorcyclist was arrested after testing positive for syabu during a blitz recently by the Road Transport Department (RTD) and the National Anti-Drugs Agency. The anti-drugs agency chief Zunaidi Mohd Taib said that the motorcyclist was arrested under the Drug Dependents (Treatment and Rehabilitation) Act 1983.
The operation was conducted along Jalan Kuala Kangsar, Ipoh on Tuesday, October 28 and lasted an hour. Some 280 motor vehicles were inspected during the period.
Perak RTD enforcement chief, Abdul Aziz Abdul Malik said that the operation, codenamed Ops Khas Pengarah, was aimed at educating motorists on the use of strobe lights, high-intensity discharge lights, number plates that do not meet specifications and tinted windows.
According to Abdul Aziz, the awareness campaign would continue on a major scale to reach the masses before enforcement on high-intensity lights and number plates become effective on November 1 and tinted windows on May 1 next year.
As such, motorists were urged to head to the nearest RTD offices on weekdays for checking on their private vehicles. This would be done free-of-charge and no summonses would be issued.
Speaking to reporters following the operation, Abdul Aziz said, “For the month of October, we’ve advised 2,991 motorcycles and checked 11,000 vehicles in total. Our awareness programme is aimed at educating motorists on the dos and don’ts before enforcement was carried out. The hour-long blitz involved 38 personnel from RTD and 8 from the anti-drugs agency.