KUALA LUMPUR: The Road Transport Department (JPJ) cracked the whip at the stroke of midnight yesterday, enforcing the law on the usage of rear seat belt which came into force.
The department issued 242 summonses to drivers whose passengers did not buckle up at 28 locations nationwide.
Vehicle owners and passengers will be given until June 30 during which they will only be issued a compound fine of RM300 for not wearing the belts.
From July 1, they can be fined up to RM2,000, jailed a maximum of one year or both under the Road Transport Act.
Johor had the highest number of offenders at 95 in the JPJ operation involving 500 officers.
It was held from 10pm on Wednesday to 2am yesterday, JPJ director of enforcement Salim Parlan said.
He said many rear seat passengers had begun to wear seat belts, pointing out that in Penang only six summonses were issued.
“This reflects the success of the JPJ campaign to encourage rear seat passengers to buckle up,” Salim added.
In Pahang, state JPJ director Datuk Zakaria Man said most rear seat passengers observed the regulation.
Only two were caught during an operation in Kuantan and Temerloh where more than 2,500 vehicles were inspected after midnight.
He said 163 summonses were issued, among them for having expired or no driving licence or expired road tax.
In Malacca, state JPJ director Ismail Mohd Zawawi said 11 summonses were issued for failure to wear rear seat belts.
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