PUTRAJAYA: More than 90% of 38,486 motorcyclists
checked by the Road Transport Department in a recent operation
did not possess a valid licence.
“In addition, we found during the operation
that the road tax of 2,111 motorcyclists had expired," said
RTD enforcement director Salim Parlan.
"This is serious because if these motorcyclists
are involved in an accident, they would have no insurance coverage," he
told members of the media after a meeting between RTD, the Road
Safety Department, Malaysia Institute of Road Safety Research,
the Commercial Vehicle Licensing Board and the police on Wednesday.
"Just this morning alone, we issued 277 summonses
against motorcyclists, 214 of whom had no road tax.
“Based on these findings and the fact that
motorcyclists form the biggest group of road deaths, we have decided
to target them in our next enforcement exercise,” he said,
adding that the current operation - Ops Bersih III - would last
until Dec 4.
Salim said that during the operation targeting
express buses between Aug 22 and Oct 6, RTD officers had managed
to check 952 buses at the country’s 33 terminals.
“Our undercover officers also reported 3,385
cases of drivers flouting various offences during this period,” he