Stopping bikers' stunts on the road

MAT Rempit, beware. The Selangor police are going all out to put a stop to your reckless antics once and for all.

The first move is to locate all the narrow roads used by Mat Rempit bikers as escape routes from housing areas to highways.

Calling such routes as “rat holes”, Selangor traffic chief Supt Kamaludin Mohamad said the motorcyclists knew too well which road to take to escape being caught by the authorities.

He said the Mat Rempit also escaped through damaged fences along the highways where they held their illegal races.

“We have informed the highway concessionaires – Besraya and Kesas – to repair damaged fences along the highway,” he added.

Supt Kamaludin said that based on police investigations, the majority of members of Mat Rempit were youths who had just left school, unemployed or odd-job workers.

“Parents must know their children’s activities and their whereabouts always, especially in the wee hours of the morning and on weekends.

“The police have ongoing campaigns and talks at schools and public universities, called Gempak Mufor to educate youths about the dangers of street racing,” he said.

Supt Kamaludin said that the police also held Ops Zero Tolerance campaign in all 15 districts in Selangor that started on Oct 14 last year.

The police are planning to use a new technology to catch the culprits during the next raid, he warned.

He was commenting on StarMetro’s front-page story yesterday titled “Daredevils on the road”, which highlighted how the Mat Rempit menace is endangering the safety of motorists on roads in the Klang Valley namely at Persiaran Setia Alam in Shah Alam, Persiaran Raja Muda Musa in Port Klang and at the Federal Highway near Batu Tiga toll plaza.

Both the police and the Road Transport Department (JPJ) are in curbing the Mat Rempit’s illegal activities through regulare raids as well as joint roadblocks and awareness programmes from Jan 13 to Feb 1.

Supt Kamaludin, however, said mounting an operation on the highway had its limitations as it was too wide with too many vehicles.

He said from Oct 14 last year to Feb 6 this year, they issued summonses to 171,619 motorcyclists for not having a licence (54,507), no road tax (10,751), not wearing helmet (7,688), and for causing obstruction (98,673).

Selangor JPJ director Nazli Md Taib said in its three operations in the last two weeks, 1,900 motorcycles were checked and 553 of them were summoned.

“I believe that with educating the youths through our programmes, it will stop these Mat Rempit from racing on the road, endangering themselves and other motorists.

“We try to rehabilitate those caught by educating them through various programmes to change them to be better citizens,’’ he said.

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