In a bizarre turn of events, a Malaysian motorist recently made headlines for all the wrong reasons. The culprit? A minuscule license plate that could barely be seen by the eye.
This incident unfolded during a routine operation conducted by the Road Transport Department Malaysia (JPJ) to crack down on traffic violations.
The 2023 Motorcycle Special Operation
The story began on September 2nd when the JPJ initiated a comprehensive operation aimed at enforcing traffic regulations.
This operation was part of the larger 2023 Motorcycle Special Operation, conducted nationwide throughout the month of September.
The primary focus of this operation was to target individuals who were not adhering to the rules and regulations outlined in the Malaysian Road Transport Act 1987 (Act 333).
The Extraordinary Discovery
While numerous violations were recorded during the operation, one particular motorcycle stood out from the rest due to its exceptionally small license plate. A JPJ officer captured this peculiar sight and shared it on social media.
In the photograph, the JPJ officer can be seen standing next to the motorcycle’s puny license plate. To emphasize its size, he placed his finger next to the plate, highlighting just how tiny it was.
The Legal Requirements
In Malaysia, the law mandates that number plates must be displayed on both the front and back of a vehicle. Furthermore, these plates must be clearly visible from a distance of at least 2.3 meters during the day and 1.8 meters at night.
For the Malaysian motorist with the miniature license plate, the consequences were swift and severe. Violations related to license plates can result in fines ranging from RM300 (S$87.50) to RM3,000 (S$875). The exact penalty depends on the severity of the violation and the discretion of the authorities.
Violations Under Scrutiny
During this operation, the JPJ had its sights set on two key violations:
Ignoring Traffic Signals
First and foremost, they were on the lookout for motorists who blatantly disregarded traffic light signals. This reckless behavior not only endangers the lives of the violators but also poses a significant risk to other road users.
Riding Without Helmets
The second violation under scrutiny was the failure to use helmets while riding motorcycles. Helmet use is paramount for ensuring the safety of motorcyclists, as it provides protection in the event of accidents.
The operation was far-reaching, involving inspections of 1,302 motorists. Out of this total, 691 motorcycles were found to be in violation of various traffic regulations.
Summon Notices Issued
To address these violations, the JPJ issued a staggering 642 Summon Notices P (22). These notices serve as legal warnings to individuals who have committed traffic offenses.
Confiscation of Motorcycles
Additionally, 205 motorcycles were confiscated during the operation. This action is taken as a means of enforcing compliance with traffic laws and ensuring that violators face appropriate consequences.