Traffic offenders will not be offered a fine as usual

by Anne Das

Seven traffic offences will be non-compoundable during this year’s Chinese New Year festive season: those caught flouting the rules will be referred immediately to the courts.

Transport Minister Anthony Loke said during the Integrated Ops and Road Safety Campaign, the strict ban of traffic offences is enforced from 18th January to 28th January 2023. This two-week ban is to reduce the number of accidents and deaths that are usually in high numbers during the festive season.

The minister said the public’s road safety on highways has yet to be reduced to satisfactory levels, based on the 119 deaths recorded during last year’s Chinese New Year period. He affirmed that there will be 2,000 road transport Department (JPJ) enforcement officers that are deployed nationwide to vigilantly carry out this operation. All offenders will be referred to the courts and not be offered a fine during this 2-week period.

According to New Strait Times, these seven traffic offences will be non-compoundable throughout this year’s Chinese New Year festive season:

– Cutting queue,
– Overtaking on double lines,
– Disobeying the red-light signal,
– Driving over the speed limit,
– Use of mobile phone while driving,
– Not wearing a seat belt or helmet, and
– Driving in the emergency lane (if you don’t have an emergency).

Heavy vehicles are also banned on highways starting today and tomorrow (20th and 21st Jan) as well (as 24th and 25th January) when traffic is expected to be at its peak.

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