Police targeting 'mat rempits' during CNY season

By THE STAR | 14 January 2020

SUBANG JAYA: Bukit Aman will focus on catching illegal motorcycle racers or "mat rempits" in the latest edition of Ops Selamat, says Datuk Mazlan Mansor.

The Deputy Inspector-General of Police said mat rempits have been the most notorious public nuisance in recent years, and police will come down hard on them.

"We have received numerous complaints on illegal racing on regular roads.

"The mat rempits have greatly inconvenienced other road users. It is time for them to be curbed," he told a press conference today after launching Ops Selamat in conjunction with the coming Lunar New Year celebrations at Persada PLUS, which is PLUS Malaysia's headquarters in Petaling Jaya.

Several locations nationwide have been identified as hotspots for mat rempits, he added.

"The Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Department has already prepared their strategy to successfully nab these mat rempits.

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"This is a clear warning to all mat rempits... we are coming for you," said Mazlan.

Ops Selamat will be held from Jan 18 to Feb 1 to check on road accidents and prevent house break-ins, he added.

The Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Department, according to Mazlan, will focus on six main offences during the operation namely speeding, driving in the emergency lane, overtaking on the double line, cutting queue, running the red light and using mobile phones while driving.

"We will not compromise with any road users who commit such offences.

"A maximum RM300 fine will be imposed on offenders."

Asked whether action would be taken against those with no child seats, Mazlan said the government had already imposed a six-month grace period on the ruling.

"Be it as it may, we hope the public can install the car seats even before the deadline. It is for the safety of their children."

On traffic offenders, Mazlan said the attitude of  these people was deplorable.

"There is no excuse for breaking the law. The offenders have to face the consequences as we will not compromise this time. It is total enforcement."

On the 50% discount offer on traffic summonses via e-payment, Mazlan said the department hoped to clear a large number of backlog summonses.

"We are confident the platforms (MyEG and Rilex.com) will be able to accommodate the surge in usage during the promotion period from Jan 18-22," he added.