Ops Bersih Day One Uncovers Hundreds of Offences

24 August 2007

The Road Transport Department , the police, the Commercial Vehicle Licensing Board, Puspa-kom and the Immigration Department jointly launched Ops Bersih on Wednesday mean to catch errant commercial vehicle drivers who broke various laws. The operation will continue until to the end of the Hari Raya holidays.

In less than 24 hours, the authorities have arrested a driver and his co-driver for testing positive for drugs while driving an express bus. The driver was also carrying 50kg of ketum and was supposed to be suspended for having accumulated more than 15 Kejara demerit points. The bus that he was driving had 77 summonses for speeding. The two were arrested at the Juru toll plaza operations in Seberang Perai.

The bus departed from the Sungai Nibong bus terminal in Penang island at 10:30am with 27 passengers. The passengers had to wait two hours for a replacement bus to arrive as the driver and co-driver were detained.

On another bus in which the driver’s license was already revoked, three passengers were tested positive for drugs such as cannabis and morphine at the Senawang rest stop. The random spot checks for drugs were done using urine tests at the rest stops’ toilets.

117 summonses have been issued for traffic offences after inspecting 680 buses and lorries at 15 locations across the peninsula. The breakdown of the summonses are as follows: 49 cases of permit violation, 10 cases of absence of co-driver, 18 cases of violation of driving license, 45 cases of overloading and 32 technical cases such as having bald tyres and defective brakes.

The operations now cover the the Jalan Duta and Gombak toll plazas and at bus terminals in all major towns.

The Star Online – Six held for drugs, 117 summonses issued in op

New Straits Times – Duo held after testing positive for drugs

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