Hard as it may be for you to believe, given the on-again, off-again nature of JPJ ‘crackdowns’, well guess what, the current on-going RTD crackdown on ‘illegal’ number plates that began on 1st November, has been put on hold, indefinitely. This directive came from Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai. On a side-note though, the crackdown on aftermarket HIDs and Strobe-lights is still on-going, while the crackdown on illegal window tint has been deferred to May 1st 2015.
The RTD has been in the limelight lately, and subject to immense public scrutiny and hostility when it stated that illegal number plates were a contributing factor to road fatalities. Following this, the RTD has actually been instructed to ‘stop making statements’ on the matter to the media. Read into that as you will…
Netizens were as usual very quick to jump on this aforementioned statement, as caricatures, memes and other forms of visual and written sarcasm flooded the internet and social media. Many highlighted gross ‘double-standards’ when it came to illegal number plates, window tint, etc. by actually uploading photos of ‘official’ vehicles that were clearly flouting the law. But even more disturbing was the exact opposite, when news of a brand new Perodua Myvi using manufacturer issued number plates received a JPJ summons for illegal plates hit social media. Seriously?
[Source: FreeMalaysiaToday, Images from JPJ official web-page www.jpj.gov.my]