Be responsible road users, JPJ tells drivers ahead of Hari Raya celebration


KUALA LUMPUR: With the Hari Raya celebration just around the corner, the Road Transport Department (JPJ) calls on the public and public transport drivers to be responsible and safe while on the road.

Senior Enforcement Director Datuk Lokman Jamaan said JPJ is taking its goal of reducing deaths due to road accidents seriously.

“We aim to reduce the statistics of accidents and deaths due to road accidents.

“We call on all road users to cooperate so that we could together implement the aspirations of the Malaysia Madani through shared responsibility by practising patience and tolerance with each other.

“This is important for the safety of ourselves and our families. Do lodge your complaints with us through either the MyJPJ e-aduan@jpj mobile application or email us at aduantrafik@jpj.gov.my,” he said.

Lokman said this to reporters during a press conference at Terminal Bersepadu Selatan, here, on Monday (April 8) before doing inspections on several buses leaving Kuala Lumpur for other states in conjunction with the Hari Raya celebration.

According to Lokman, the JPJ has so far conducted inspections on 3,799 buses at 54 depots and 28 terminals nationwide from April 1 to 7.

Of that, he said 47 buses were issued with summonses for various reasons such as drivers having no Competent Driving License (CDL) and misconduct, while 42 buses were issued with the Vehicle Use Prohibition Notice (PG1) for violating established technical regulations.

“A driving ban was also issued on six bus drivers who failed the urine test screening out of 244 bus drivers.

“Of the six, two are from Sarawak and Kedah, respectively, and one each from Kelantan and Perak. What’s surprising is that one of them is above the age of 60,” he added.

“Therefore, for further action, JPJ will call the bus company and a complete investigation report will be submitted to the Land Public Transport Agency (APAD) for further action under Act 715.

“JPJ will also suspend the driver's licence under Section 36 of Act 333 after verification extension obtained from the National Anti-Drugs Agency.”

At the same time, Lokman said the JPJ is also deploying undercover officers to check whether bus drivers are adhering to the law, adding that the operation will continue until April 20.

“So far, our undercover officers have gone on 84 buses and out of that, there were 62 cases related to drivers’ misconduct and driving dangerously.

“I again urge the public to become the eyes and ears of JPJ. If the driver of the bus you are on is driving dangerously, submit your complaint to us and we will take action because we want to stop such misconduct from happening,” he said.

Lokman added that JPJ will not compromise with any bus company, owner or drivers who are found to have broken the law, adding that the department is serious about creating a safe ecosystem for all road users.

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