A total of six express bus drivers were slapped with 12 summons during the two-day operation (2022 Ops Hari Raya Aidiladha (HRAA)), by the Road Transport Department (JPJ) Perak, last Thursday.
Perak JPJ director of enforcement, Mohammad Yusoff Abustan that JPJ personnel went undercover disguising themselves as passengers to issue summons to the bus drivers for non-adherence to traffic regulations.
“Drivers were found committing various traffic offences, such as using phones while driving, driving on the right lane continuously, violating traffic lights and failing to display driving licence on the demand of a police officer.
“On top of that, some were seen spitting, talking while driving, smoking and not wearing shoes,” he said at a press conference while inspecting the Ops HRAA in front of the Sri Perak Driving Institute, Meru last night.
“It’s our responsibility to make sure that the passengers arrive safely at the destination and any mishap will put their safety in jeopardy. Bus drivers should know the importance of traffic rules like the back of their hand,” he said.
Most of the offences found at the Ops HRAA involved driving without a licence.
“Some 201 drivers did not possess a driver’s licence. In my view, the lack of awareness of obligation and a poor sense of responsibility had resulted in such offences,” he said.
Meanwhile, Mohammad Yusoff explained that with the collective effort of 154 members at the Ops HRAA last night which began from 8pm till 12am, managed to inspect 1,231 vehicles and take action on 235 vehicles.
He said the two-day operation which will be conducted before and after the festive period will pay attention to advocacy as well as enforcement activities including bus inspections at four terminals in the state.
“A total of 312 summons notices were issued for various road offences,” he added.