AMY number plates garner RM6mil in bids

Be safe on the roads: Mohammad Nizar (right) launching the road safety campaign and visiting the JPJ booth at Mydin Meru Raya Ipoh.

IPOH: RM6mil was collected from the AMY series of registration plates throughout the five days of bidding by the Perak Road Transport Department (JPJ), said its director Mohammad Yusoff Abustan. The bids, which were open via the JPJeBID system beginning April 9, had exceeded that of the previous AMG plate series, he added.

“If AMG plates were specific for Mercedes-Benz AMG fans, AMY exceeded the amount as almost all popular numbers were bid.

“The highest bid was RM400,000 for AMY 1, while AMY 2 to AMY 9 reached RM80,000 for each plate. Only 16 plates are left for popular numbers,” he said at a media conference after the launch of the 2023 Hari Raya Aidilfitri road safety campaign by the Perak road safety council and Perak JPJ at Mydin Mall Meru Raya here yesterday.

The event was launched by infrastructure, energy and public transport committee chairman Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin.

The successful bids needed to be registered to a vehicle within 12 months of the offer letter issued by the JPJ, while the remaining unbid numbers would be open to the public at the minimum price set.

Separately, Mohammad Yusoff said having the Automatic Enforcement System (AES) camera would help reduce accidents at the killer stretch of Menora Tunnel, which is one of the hotspots prone to accidents in Perak.

“For the upcoming Hari Raya Aidilfitri, it is estimated that about two million vehicles will be on the North-South Expressway.

“We have yet to receive any update on having the AES at Menora Tunnel. Therefore, we hope the state government will help and make a request for the camera,” he added.

On April 11, PLUS Malaysia Berhad chief operating officer Datuk Zakaria Ahmad Zabidi said some two million vehicles will use its highway daily on April 20 to 21, 24 to 25, April 29 to May 1, and from May 4 to 7.

In 2019, former Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Kamarudin Jaffar said the 800m Menora Tunnel is one of the 11 new locations earmarked for the AES cameras to improve road safety

Mohamad Yusoff said the department is estimating some three million vehicles heading to Perak during Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

“The peak date for the upcoming Hari Raya Aidilfitri will be from Friday (April 21) until Sunday (April 23).

“In Perak, our department has identified several accident-prone hotspots such as the Menora Tunnel heading North and South, from Batu Gajah heading towards Siputih in Tronoh and Manjung town.

“To ensure a smooth and safer journey for all road users in Perak, we have nearly 160 officers and personnel who will be on duty during the peak days,” he said.

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