P-hailing riders in Melaka notorious for beating red light

MELAKA: Riders providing food delivery service (p-hailing) in the state often violate traffic rules by beating the red light, says Melaka Road Transport Department (RTD) director Mohamad Firdaus Shariff.

He said since the operation dubbed Ops Merah was launched on Oct 8, a total of 112 of the 183 compound notices issued were related to the offence.

A total of 549 motorcycles were inspected during the operation, of which common offences included the absence of safety helmets and riding against traffic flow.

“We hope these delivery riders would abide by the rules so that they do not put themselves and other road users at risk.

“The advocacy programme held in conjunction with Ops Merah, with the cooperation of the Operation and Road Safety Units, is meant to create awareness on road safety and traffic etiquette among p-hailing riders,” he told reporters when met at the Melaka Sentral bus terminal late Friday evening.

Meanwhile, Mohamad Firdaus said since the interstate travel ban was lifted on Oct 11, 152 express buses and 1,800 passengers were inspected across Peninsular Malaysia as of Friday.

“Apart from checking on the condition of the buses, the driving licences and logbooks to ensure the operators provide a second driver for journeys that exceed 300km or four hours, inspections were also made to ensure the MySejahtera QR code and hand sanitisers were provided.

“We also checked that only fully vaccinated individuals were allowed on the bus,” he said.

During the operation, three compound notices amounting to RM4,500 were issued by Health Ministry enforcement personnel. They were issued for failure to scan the QR code using the MySejahtera app when entering the bus terminal.

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