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Two-pronged advocacy approach to deal with illegal exhaust modifications – JPJ

The Road Transport Department (JPJ) has adopted two advocacy approaches in dealing with offences involving the modification of motorcycle exhausts, said its director-general Datuk Zailani Hashim.

He said the first advocacy was through the issuance of a Notice of Inquiry, under Section 114 (1), Road Transport Act (APJ) 1987.

For the second method, through the Vehicle Inspection Direction Notice in accordance with Section 61 (1) of the Road Transport Act (APJ) 1987 and Prohibited Use of Vehicles (PG1) notice under Section 59 (1) of the same act.

“Through the first method, the notice will be issued for the purpose of investigation and collection of information (advocacy/advice) through complaints received by the RTD related to the offence of modification without permission of the motorcycle exhaust.

“Through the second method, it is issued to carry out enforcement on motor vehicle owners who are suspected of committing a modification offence without the permission,” he explained.

He said this at a press conference after visiting the Labok RTD Enforcement Station here, today with Kelantan RTD director Hanif Yusabra Yusuf also in attendance.

Elaborating, Zailani said through the second method, vehicle owners must submit or bring back the motor vehicle to any RTD office.

“The action for the purpose of inspection as proof of repairs to the exhaust has been made and complies with the method of manufacture and use,” he said, adding that any modification of motor vehicle exhausts without permission is an offence and can be compounded not more than RM300.

“If convicted in court, the offender can be fined under Section 119, APJ 1987, and fined not more than RM2,000, or can be imprisoned not more than six months,” he added.

Yesterday, the media reported that, for now, the offence of using a noisy motorcycle exhaust will only be subject to advocacy action, namely the issuance of a notice for an interview.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong said the matter has been communicated to the RTD so that the offenders would not be prosecuted.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

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