866 motorists booked over five violations

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KUCHING: Sarawak Road Transport Department (RTD) officers issued 866 summonses for five traffic offences committed throughout the state in conjunction with the ‘Ops Hari Raya Aidilfitri’ (Ops HRA) 2022.

“Five types of traffic offenses committed during the festive season – driving on emergency lanes, using phones while driving, failure to observe the red light signal, queue jumping and speeding, will no longer be compoundable and must be settled in court,” said visiting RTD Senior Director of Enforcement Datuk Lokman Jamaan.

“Ever since the announcement on these offenses being non-compoundable, a lot of road users have strived to fulfill their responsibilities to comply with the law.

“We extend our gratitude to the public who filed complaints on any traffic offence committed and assisting the team in enforcing the law,” he said when met by reporters at the Kuching Sentral Bus Terminal today.

He revealed that throughout the operation from Apr 29 to May 7, the department inspected a total of 5,364 vehicles in Sarawak

Aside from that, they also inspected six bus depots, six bus terminals and 116 buses.

Lokman pointed out of the number of buses inspected, two notices of inspection and prohibition of use, were issued after they were unable to meet specifications the department has set.

“This is our key performance indicator (KPI) where safety is very much emphasised in the usage of express and tour buses in the country.

“It is so that we can ensure that all vehicles move from depots and terminals and onwards to their destinations safely.

“We have placed several undercover express bus passengers in vehicles to observe whether the bus drivers comply with the rules of the road,” he said.

He added that the department also assured a smooth journey during the festive period with the ban on goods vehicles (heavy vehicles) throughout the state.

So far, the department has detained a total of 18 heavy vehicles that violated the ban during the holiday operation.

Lokman said the purpose of the ban is to ensure traffic flows smoothly without any heavy congestion.

Meanwhile, commercial vehicles carrying goods like food and medicines, are allowed to use the roads during the ban period.

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