JPJ deploying ambush tactic against Tontos


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 09 Sep 2003

BY DEVID RAJAH

PETALING JAYA: Tontos are in for a surprise if they continue to trail Road Transport Department (JPJ) officers on their way to conduct checks on errant drivers as some of them found out recently. 

On Aug 30, the officers ambushed two four-wheel drive vehicles just as the “lookout men” were about to leave a car park in Putrajaya with the intention of trailing a JPJ team. 

The vehicles were impounded for not having road tax while one of the Tontos did not have a driving licence. 

“Both the vehicle owners were issued summonses under the Road Transport Act,” said Federal JPJ enforcement director Solah Mat Hassan. 

He said the ambush tactic was a latest move by the department to put the Tontos out of business.  

It will be carried out from time to time with the assistance of police personnel. 

“In the past five weeks, we have impounded three Tonto vehicles and 15 tipper lorries, which are under the protection of Tontos,” said Solah. 

He said all JPJ offices had been directed to work closely with the police to stop suspected Tonto vehicles for inspection. 

“We are also planning several new strategies with other agencies to crack down on Tontos who have been disrupting enforcement work for far too long. 

“The Tontos will be in for more surprises soon,” said Solah. 

Solah said lorries, which were protected by Tontos, posed problems to the public, as they do not have road tax, insurance, registration or permits with goods being overloaded up to 300%.  

“From our enforcement checks we found that those with permits are also using ‘ghost’ lorries, which are commonly protected by Tontos.  

“In such cases, the lorry operators risk losing all their permits under the recommendations we will make to the Commercial Vehicle Licensing Board. 

“The department is very serious in carrying out its enforcement work and we don’t want lorry operators and Tontos to make a mockery of the laws of this country,” said Solah.  

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