JOHOR BARU: Police have come down hard on a hotspot for illegal activities involving motorcycles called "wheelie school”, in Kota Masai here.
Johor police chief Comm Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said four operations have been conducted in the area since March 1 as part of its efforts to address complaints that these motorcyclists are a public nuisance due to their noisy exhausts.
The area apparently got its moniker due it being a hotspot for illegal racing and stunts.
“Kota Masai is one of the hotspots we are looking at statewide, as well as Iskandar Puteri which has the highest number of offenders so far since we started the Ops Khas-Ekzos Bising on March 1, ” he said
“In the first 14 days of the month, we have conducted 110 operations where 4,440 vehicles were checked, ” added Comm Ayob at a press conference in Kota Masai on Monday (March 15).
He said 817 summonses were issued for offences involving exhausts, 138 compounds were handed out by the Environment Department and 146 compounds were issued by the Road Transport Department (JPJ).
He added that 276 motorcycles were seized for various illegal modifications.
Comm Ayob also hit out at certain netizens and non-governmental organisations that allegedly chided authorities for taking action to combat such activities.
“The motorcycle modifications typically cost about RM4,000 and go up to RM14,000 whereas the fine for the offences are only RM2,000. Surely there is no issue for them to pay the fines or compounds because the authorities are merely exercising the law, ” he said
“This is a public issue which needs to be taken seriously to ensure peace in the community, ” added Comm Ayob.
He also said that the police would continue doing joint operations with the Environment Department and JPJ to combat the activities.