Tuesday, February 18

Clamp down to begin on vehicle lights, licence plates

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KUCHING: The Road Transport Department (JPJ) and police will soon conduct a joint operation statewide on private vehicles that flout specifications.

Rogie shows the official specifications for licence plates.

State JPJ public relations officer Rogie Sani said the operation to start on Saturday (Nov 1) will focus on licence plates and the use of strobe lights as well as high-intensity discharge (HID) headlights.

“Any vehicle found to contravene the law, like using strobe lights, HID lamps and registration numbers that do not meet specifications will be issued summonses,” he told a press conference yesterday.

He explained that the characters on motor vehicle licence plates should be 70 millimetres high with a thickness of 10 millimetres and set 10 millimetres apart on a black plate.

For motorcycles, the characters must be a height of 40 millimetres and thickness of 10 millimetres, also set 10 millimetres apart, he said, adding that license plates must be displayed both in the front and back.

He stressed that the compound under Section 6 (7) of the Methods for Motorised Vehicle (Registration and Licensing) 1959 regulations is a maximum RM200 for motorcycles 250cc and below, and maximum RM250 for motor cars and motorcycles 250cc and above.

Rogie explained that strobe lights are prohibited as they can affect the sight of motorists and the fine would be RM250, under Section 94 of the Motor Vehicles (Construction and Use) Rules 1959.

The usage of HID lights, also known as Xenon, on vehicles falls under the same Section and would also face a similar fine, he said.

He urged vehicles owners who have installed such lamps on their vehicles to remove them or risk being fined, and stressed that the operation will also look at heavily tinted vehicles.

Rogie advised vehicles owners to go to the nearest JPJ office to have their vehicles checked for free to avoid being issued compounds.