Under the Ops Warta VII campaign in 2008, the traffic police took action against some 96,000 vehicle users for non settling outstanding summonses owing 5 years later in 2013.
Traffic offenders who have yet to settle their summonses have risen to more then 1.7 million. In the latest onslaught against traffic offenders, the campaign code named Ops Cantas Traffic or operations against traffic offenders, has already been launched.
Some 251,000 errant motorist driving heavy vehicles, drivers and motorcyclists, will become the target of the operation.
For readers knowledge, the Road Traffic Ordinance 1987, lists out hundreds, if not thousands of traffic offences which motorists can contravene.
Most of the above violations provide fines ranging from RM150 to RM300. The above represents fines laid out in 1987, that is some 25 years ago. The amount stipulated, still remains the same. Nevertheless, some fines have since then been revised. The majority however, still remain as it is.
Before continuing further, some drivers and motorcycle rider may still be unaware of who in reality can summons us. Basically the local councils such as Majlis Perbandaran Klang, Kuantan Municipal Council Majlis Bandaraya Shah Alam etc, are but some of them that can issue us summonses.
Next, Jabatan Pengangkutan Jalan (JPJ) can similarly also summon us. Finally of course, the Police authorities possess the right to give us summons too.
Fines or summonses ideally are of 2 categories. They are either compound fines or “appear in court” variety. In cases where one feels that on has been wrongly accused, one can opt to fight the case in court.
Among the normal traffic violations normally received by motorists are for “not wearing seat belts”, “not putting on a crash helmet”, “using a mobile phone while driving” and of course “jumping queue”.
Under the Ops Cantas Traffic campaign, notices are currently being sent out to errant offenders who have yet to settle their outstanding offences. “Warrants Of Arrests” have been issued against them.
For those who may not be aware, I have been informed by my older brother, who has years of legal experience, that a warrant of arrest costs approximately RM200 to expedite. It should be made know that a traffic offender has to bear this expense when and if warrants of arrests are issued. At the same time, expired warrants of arrest have been also been renewed.
The Police say, they are currently working closely with the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) department and the national Registration Department to track down the addresses of errant offenders, to make sure that all 251,273 offenders receive the latest notices.
Acting Federal Police Chief, Senior Asst. Comm Mohd Fuad Abd Latiff advises those with unsettled traffic summonses to quickly settle them even though they have yet to receive a warrant of arrest.
The fist stage of the Ops Cantas Traffic campaign saw 77 motorists arrested for traffic offences. A total of 15 have been caught for other wrong doing such as bribery, stealing vehicles and drug related offences.
However, the police say traffic offenders who ran foul of the AES and have been summoned, were not included in the current campaign.
Stage 2 of the campaign, which his scheduled to start end of November 2013, road blocks are expected to be set up to arrest errant wrongdoers.
What happens to those who are apprehended at road blocks?
Well for your information, those involved will be brought to the Police station. Those who fail, or refuse to pay up the fine, will be set free on bail with one surety.
A new date for a court hearing will be set up or the wrongdoer to challenge the summons. They can also appeal for a lower fine.
What can happen if an errant offender refuse to settle a fine?
The police or the Road Transport Department can:
1) Blacklist the traffic offender. His or her driving license and road tax can be blacklisted. The means that they can no longer be permitted to drive.
2) As reiterated earlier, a warrant of arrest can also be taken out. The police will not be alone in carrying out the Ops Cantas Traffic campaign.
The Narcotics Crime Investigation Department, the Commercial Crime Investigation section and the Serious Crime Investigation, will be working hand in hand with the Police in road block investigations.
Finally, for those who are interested in checking whether they have outstanding summonses or nor, check at:
a) Any traffic police counter
b) The post office
c) Maybank ATM
d) At selected shopping malls
e) JPJ branches
A word or advice from the Police, to those who are stopped at road block operations, be patient and please co-operate.
I once had a classmate, Gurdip Singh, alias Ignatius Dev Anand. We were then schooling at my alma mater, the Anglo Chinese School, Klang.
Gurdip, was unfortunately born, crippled. He had one good leg, while, his right leg was slightly smaller than his left. Inspite of his condition, Gurdip could walk on his own. Surprisingly, he could even cycle.
Gurdip even joined our classmates on our cycling trip to Morib, way back in the 1960’s. Morib for readers’ information, is approximately some 28 or so miles, from Klang.
Due to his physical condition, Gurdip Singh struggled to walk around and climbed steps at our school. I believe, his condition affected his health eventually. It took a toll on him. Unfortunately, he was not to live long. He passed away at a rather young age.
I believe my classmate might have lived longer, if only electric bicycles were introduced way back in the 1960’s. Gurdip Singh, who was from a rather poor family, could not have afforded to test for a B2 (250c.c.) motorcycle license then.
Furthermore, as a crippled person, an OKU (orang kurang berupaya) or a handicapped person, it is doubted very much if the authorities, that is the Road Transport Department, would have permitted him to get a motorcycle riding license.
But, believe it or not, electric bicycles, which has currently been introduced for use in our country today, has indeed been a blessing in disguise to many people who are handicapped in some way or other.
You see, some may have been born crippled, like my classmate, Gurdip Singh. But one must not forget, there are others in Malaysia, who were not born so. They have become handicapped by virtue of the fact that they have sustained physical injuries in accidents and also industrial mishaps.
I know of a friend, about 50 years old or so, a Chinese man. I do not know his name. What important is the fact that the above person, possesses only one leg.
I used to observe this man, cycling around the town where I live. On his bicycle, he carries two rattan crutches on the handle bars. I’m sure you must be aware that doing the above antics while cycling furiously away with one leg, is indeed no mean task.
Besides, it is indeed a pitiful sight, wouldn’t you agree? May be, the above mentioned person, whose name I don’t know, could not afford to purchase a three wheeled motor, usually used by most handicapped people.
Or may be, the person above, was ignorant of the ways and means a handicapped person could obtain a motorcycle riding license. But fortunately, for my handicapped friend, the introduction of the electric bicycle recently into Malaysia, had infact benefitted him very tremendously.
Why should this be so, you might well ask?
Well, the Malaysian government has yet to make a decision with regards to the use of the electric bicycles here in Malaysia.
Do users have to undergo a test? Must users need to use helmets like other motorcycle riders? Are insurance coverage required? These are some of the questions still left unanswered.
Finally, will the electric motor bicycle even be banned eventually in this country? Nobody knows!
Whatever the decision maybe, regarding the use of electric bicycles, one thing is for certain, many people, I observe, are currently secretly using the electric bicycles in kampungs and housing estates.
Electric bicycles, as a matter of fact, are quite affordable, compared to motorcycles. In my opinion, should not cost more than RM1500.
Electric bicycles are easy to handle. They can travel up to approximately 25 to 30 km/h. and the best thing of all, presently, you do not require a license to use it. As a matter of fact, it’s a boon for pensioners and older folks. It’s also cheap to maintain too.
I feel the authorities should take a positive approach towards it. They should not ban its use in Malaysia. I think the electric bicycles brings more good than bad to the people of our country, especially the maimed and the handicapped.
Allow me to quote you an interesting episode regarding the use of the electric bicycle which befelled me recently.
While negotiating a corner recently, a user of an electric bicycle nearby collided into me. It’s was not my fault actually. As an instructor, of many years of experience, I make it a point not to cross into people’s lane, especially when taking corners. It’s infact dangerous driving, don’t you think so?
But before I could hurl a string of curses at the electric bicycle rider was infact my one legged, handicapped friend whom I described to you earlier on!
Having for years been riding an ordinary bicycle and without a doubt, struggling along with it, my one legged friend must have found using his new electric bicycle a breeze. And so, without a doubt, he was travelling around these days in I t at great speed.
When the friend in question saw me, he recognized me immediately. He smiled and even waved tome frantically. He must have hollered: How are you? My one legged friend seemed extremely happy.
My initial anger turned to joy. Never have I seen him happier! The electric bicycle, had finally brought my handicapped friend, great happiness good for him.
If the government should finally decide to ban the use of electric bicycles in Malaysia, it would, I believe, cause a lot of difficulties and miseries to a whole lot of people. The authorities should infact be more caring with regards to folks who might be suffering silently.
Think about this carefully. Hopefully the authorities will not make a wrong mistake eventually. Kudos to the electric bicycle!
What information can one expect to get from the dashboard of a vehicle?
In fact, the answer is many. The ability of a motorist to be able to understand information embedded in the dashboard panel, will make him a good driver indeed. Now, let us proceed on to explain what those information are.
Information available from the dashboard amongst others are:
1. The presence of a clock.
In most conventional cars, there is usually a normal clock. In some newer models of vehicles, we do sometimes get a digital clock instead.
A good driver to plan infact needs a clock to plan his journey well. Do not forget that planning one’s journey correctly can very well avoid one from getting involved in unforeseen circumstances, such as mishaps and accidents.
I had once had a close buddy, an Encik Ahmad Yusuf, a school teacher, who sold off his new Mazda car when he discovered that the clock to his almost new car was incapable of working properly. So there you are, some drivers do insist on such things as a clock functioning well, in order to be a good driver.
2. The speedometer.
What is the speedometer actually? For those of you who are not too well versed with cars, a speedometer, in reality tells you the speed at which a vehicle is actually going or travelling.
Important item of a vehicle, don’t you agree! When driving a car or riding a motorcycle, one needs to adhere to specific speed limits. Permit me to quote you a few examples.
Schools for instance, have a speed limit of 30km/j. In town areas, one should keep to a limit of 50km/j. When travelling along expressway, to Penang or Singapore for example, do not exceed a speed limit of 110km/j.
Failure to maintain the correct speed limit can cause you to be fined a sum of RM300. Before taking leave on the subject of speedometer, it should be kept in mind that speedometers of yester-years measured speeds according to miles per hour or m.p.h.
These days, most cars use kilometers per hour or km/h. that’s the only difference. Anyway, a driver who is caught speeding, is liable to be punished with a hefty RM 300 fine as I said earlier.
3. The odometer.
This instructor, although has been driving cars for many, many years, since 1970, that is nearly 40 or more years, did in reality not know what an odometer is. I therefore is quite certain that most drivers do not know what this instrument is.
In fact, I come to know the true meaning of it when making researches in preparation for my teaching of the 6 hour theory course a few years ago. What then is an odometer? If I remember correctly, an odometer records the total amount of distance a vehicle has travelled.
Important item, don’t you think so?
When you intend to change your engine oil or lubricating oil, you’ll have to keep track of how long your engine oil has actually been used. Besides this, when you want to purchase a 2nd hand vehicle, the odometer plays a major role in determining your decision to purchase a vehicle.
Knowing how to read and understand the function of an odometer in the dashboard, will go a long way to prevent you from being swindled by unscrupulous salesmen and mechanics, don’t you agree?
4. The charge (CHG) meter.
There is yet another important item appearing on the dashboard which a driver should be reminded of. In most cars, this meter is represented by the alphabets CHG. Infact, it is short form or abbreviation for the word Charge.
Conventional cars normally have a 12 volts battery which needs to be charged for it to provide efficient service. A good driver has to know to decipher or understand how to ensure whether his car battery is being fully charged or otherwise.
Should your battery charging system develop a malfunction, the alphabets, CHG. In red, will appear on your vehicle’s dashboard. Briefly, allow me to explain how the charging system of a vehicle works.
When a car battery is not being charged satisfactorily, either the alternator or the dynamo has developed some problems. In such a situation CHG will then appear on the dashboard, indicating to the driver that there is something wrong with your car’s charging system.
5. The tachometer.
Another item most cars usually possess is the tachometer. What exactly is a tachometer?
A tachometer is a meant to assist mechanics in tuning an engine. An engine in fact has to be able to idle well. With a tachometer, a good mechanic will be able to tune a carburetor perfectly, thereby ensuring that an engine runs smoothly. For a normal vehicle, the r.m.p or ‘revolution per minute needle of a tachometer, should ideally be at 0.9 or 1.0.
6. Engine or lubrication oil warning light.
There is also in the dashboard panel, a red warning light which denotes a vehicle’s engine or lubricating oil is low. This indicates danger to the engine of a vehicle. A motorist should ideally make it a point to immediately top up his engine oil to avoid causing damage to the engine.
7. The brakes warning light.
One other warning light or item in the dashboard is the brakes warning in red. When a vehicle’s brakes are low or worn out, a brakes warning light will appear on the dashboard panel.
On seeing this light illuminate, it informs a driver that there is something wrong with the brakes system. Get a mechanic to check out what is wrong with your vehicle.
When the brakes warning light lights up, it could also mean that there is insufficient brake fluid in the brake reservoir. Top up the fluid there in and your predicament would most likely be solved. For readers information, brake fluid that is normally used in our country, is the DOT 3 variety.
Avoid using the DOT 4 brake fluid here, as they are infact for colder countries or maybe it is preferably used for high performance cars, such as Porche, Lamborighini and Feraris.
8. Other important indicators on the dashboard panel include seat belt, handbrake, doors and fuel warning lights to warn drivers of impending dangers and trouble.
Motorists and drivers are advised to take the trouble to study the warning lights and gadgets on the dashboard and make full of them for your own safety and benefit.
Writing this article has taken me a lot of effort and trouble. Hopefully you’ll be to use it to make yourself a safer and better driver!