Five major traffic offices committed during the Op Bersepadu period between 29 April to 8 May will not be compounded, instead, offenders must settle their cases in court, said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong.
The 5 offences include driving in the emergency lane; using a phone while driving; beating the red light; driving above the speed limit; and changing lanes recklessly.
“Actions will be taken accordingly throughout the campaign starting from 29 April until 8 May this year.”
“As many as 2,200 Road Transport Department (JPJ) enforcement officers will be deployed for the Hari Raya Aidilfitri operation this year to help in reducing the road fatality rate,” Wee was quoted saying by NST.
He also said that the authorities will adopt several initiatives including going undercover as passengers of express buses and monitoring through the Enforcement Based Station (EBS) at 14 locations along the highway to catch the traffic offenders.
“This also includes using the Perception Of Being Caught (POBC) as a patrol method on the main route of federal roads, including Op Khas Motosikal mounted nationwide,” he said.
Meanwhile, Wee said the JPJ will conduct road worthiness operation from 25 to 28 April by inspecting express buses at 75 depots and 28 major bus terminals across the country.
“As what has been done each year, heavy vehicles ferrying goods will be banned on the roads during the festive period, starting from three days before Hari Raya Aidilfitri (30 April to 2 May) and two days after (7 May to 8 May).
“Such a ban is intended to lower the risk of road accidents and traffic congestion,” he added.
Wee also said now that the country’s borders had reopened, the relevant authorities should ensure that they were fully ready and could efficiently reduce accident statistics.
“Based on the statistics from the police, 418,237 road accidents were recorded in 2020 with 4,634 deaths.”
“In 2021, there were 370,286 recorded road accidents with 4,539 deaths and as of March 31, this year, 114,639 road accidents were recorded with 1,323 fatalities nationwide,” he said.
He also shared that the ministry targets to reduce road fatalities and injuries to at least 50% by 2030 based on the 31 Aug 2020 Conference Resolution 74/299.
The ministry will focus on 4 main cores in this year’s campaign and they are education and advocacy; prevention and monitoring, enforcement, and evaluation.
He said various activities would be held including the Road Safety Media Campaign, Safety Awareness and Focused Advocacy for Road User (Safer) by RTD, and Petronas Coffee Break Campaign in conjunction with its 25th Anniversary.
There will also be free car and motorcycle inspection services by Petron Malaysia, Voluntary Vehicle Inspection Services (VVI) by Computerised Vehicle Inspection Centre (Puspakom) and mobile vehicle inspections at selected shopping malls.