PETALING JAYA: Police stumbled upon the new modus operandi of errant lorry drivers during an operation on March 23 to nab lorries heading into the city during peak hours.
City traffic police deputy chief Supt Ahmad Adnan Basri found that smartphone applications had replaced the traditional two-way radios and covered a longer range.
Chat group users update information on roadblocks and locations of speed cameras via WhatsApp, WeChat and Telegram and also Waze, a community-based navigation application, besides Zello.
There are also Facebook pages and groups set up just for sharing such information.
In George Town, tontos who would usually station themselves at a location opposite the Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism Ministry’s office in Lebuh Downing, are not as aggressive as before.
The ministry’s director Mohd Nawardi Saad said the tontos would still come almost every day but were now taking a more relaxed approach.
“The illegal DVD market is now a sunset industry as people just download movies online,” he said.
Tontos would tail the cars of the ministry enforcement teams as they left the office to conduct raids, mostly against the illegal DVD syndicates in the past.
Mohd Nawardi said the ministry was now concentrating on counterfeit luxury goods like clothes and handbags.
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