KUALA LUMPUR: The Road Transport Department (JPJ) will not issue summonses to drivers of private cars who smoke, but will book drivers of public service vehicle and tour buses or vans caught doing so, said its public relations officer Mohamad Sazali Baharudin.
He said that JPJ had no powers to book drivers of private vehicles who smoke while driving, but drivers of public service and tour vehicles were prohibited from doing so under the Control of Tobacco Product Regulations 2004.
Mohamad Sazali said JPJ had never issued summonses to private car drivers found smoking while driving as claimed by some on social media.
Several blogs and social media users had uploaded a copy of a summons dated Jan 27, 2015 listing menghisap rokok semasa memandu (smoking while driving) as the offence.
They also uploaded photographs of JPJ officers smoking while driving their patrol vehicles to show their dissatisfaction with the ruling.
Mohamad Sazali said that the JPJ had checked the summons concerned and confirmed that it was not issued by them, and might have been issued by other enforcement agencies.
He said drivers of public service and tour vehicles caught smoking while driving could be slapped with a compound fine of not more than RM5,000, fined not more than RM10,000, or jailed up to two years if convicted. - Bernama
Did you find this article insightful?