Cops set their sights on mat rempits during CNY season


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 14 Jan 2020

SUBANG JAYA: Bukit Aman will go on total enforcement during the latest edition of Ops Selamat, focusing on the "mat rempit" menace, says Datuk Mazlan Mansor.

The Deputy Inspector-General of Police said mat rempits have been the most prominent public nuisance in recent years, thus police will come down hard on them.

"We received numerous complaints on mat rempit and illegal racing on regular roads.

"They have greatly inconvenienced other road users. It is time for this to be curbed," he told a press conference after launching Ops Selamat in conjunction with the coming Lunar New Year celebrations at Persada Plus on Tuesday (Jan 14).

Several locations nationwide have been identified as hotspots for mat rempits, he added.

"The Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Department (JSPT) has already prepared their strategy to successfully nab these mat rempits.

"This is a clear warning to all mat rempits... we are coming for you," vowed Mazlan.

Ops Selamat will be held from Jan 18 to Feb 1, with the main objective of minimising road accidents and preventing house break-ins, he added.

The JSPT, according to Mazlan, will focus on six main offences during the operation period, which are speeding, driving in the emergency lane, overtaking on the double line, cutting queue, running the red light and using mobile phones while driving.

"We will not compromise with any road users who commit such offences.

"A maximum RM300 fine will be imposed on the offenders," Mazlan said.

Asked whether action will be taken against those with no child car seats, Mazlan said the government has imposed a six-month grace period on the ruling.

"Be it as it may, we hope the public can install the car seats even before the dateline.

"It is for the safety of their children," he said.

Touching on traffic offenders, Mazlan said the attitude of certain segments of society is deplorable.

"There is no excuse for breaking the law. The offenders have to face the consequences as we will not compromise this time. It is total enforcement," he said.

On JSPT's 50% discount offer on traffic summonses via e-payment, Mazlan said the department hoped to clear a large number of backlog summonses.

"We are confident the platforms (MyEG and Rilex.com) will be able to accommodate the surge in usage during the promotion period from Jan 18 to Jan 22," he added.

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