71 foreigners detained for flouting traffic laws

  • Metro News
  • Thursday, 17 Sep 2020

Azmil (left) looking at one of the modified motorcycles that was confiscated during ‘Ops Pewa’. — NUR AISYAH MAZALAN/The Star

JOHOR BARU: The Johor Road Transport Department (JPJ) will take action against Malaysians who loan their vehicles to foreigners without valid driving licences.

Its acting director Azmil Zainal Adnan said many foreigners who were caught driving vehicles owned by Malaysians did not possess the necessary licence or insurance.

This follows the arrest of 71 foreigners for flouting traffic rules during an operation dubbed ‘Ops Pewa’, which was conducted between Sept 7-13 here.

A total of 251 notices have been issued for various road offences during the ops.

“The operation was conducted after month-long surveillance and the suspects arrested are between 20 to 45-years-old.

“A total of 130 vehicles have been inspected and brought to the state JPJ headquarters for further action,” Azmil said during a press conference at the Johor JPJ headquarters.

Azmil said that action can be taken against vehicle owners under Section 23 of the Road Transport Act 1987 for allowing those without a licence to drive a vehicle which carries a fine not exceeding RM2,000 on conviction.

He added that of the 71 foreigners, 37 of them are Myanmar nationals, 20 Pakistan nationals, six from Bangladesh and three from India.

“All of those arrested are men and some of them do not possess any valid travel documents and have been handed over to the Immigration Department.

“Some of the offences include driving without a competent driver’s licence (CDL), driving with an expired licence and driving without road insurance,” he said adding that investigations also revealed that the foreigners have not only been driving illegally but have also driven modified vehicles.

On another matter, Azmil said that the department had managed to cripple a syndicate that used illegally modified motorcycles to do deliveries.

“Kempas is also one of the hotspots for them to sell scrap metal using motorcycles with a cart or carrier welded to them to carry items for sale or delivery.

“Our surveillance also revealed that some of them have been driving lorries and van for delivering items and others,” he said adding that all 130 vehicles have been seized under Section 64(1) of the Road Transport Act 1987.

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