Three drivers were recently confiscated by Squad 42 of the Terengganu Police’s Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Department (JSPT) for using vehicles that do not follow the specification – usually referred to as fancy plates.
According to the department, the two vehicles seized were MPVs, one with registration plate ‘MIRA’ – and a 36-year-old driver from Kuala Terengganu. Meanwhile, the registration plate of an MPV driven by a 34-year-old man from the same district was ‘DINA’. Both were apprehended by Terengganu police personnel who were monitoring the traffic flow near Padang Midin in Kuala Terengganu.
Asked why they were using the ‘MIRA’ and ‘DINA’ registration numbers, the two MPV owners argued that they were excited to get a new car for the Shawwal celebration, so they dedicated the last five letters / numbers of their respective MPV registration plates. The names of their wives or anyone else, ”the department wrote in a statement on its official Facebook page.
Naturally, the department has rejected this excuse and said that both the cases will be investigated under Section 108 (3) (b) of the Road Transport Act 1987 for displaying a registration number closely identical to any sign / sign / sign intended to defraud the authorities. . .
In another incident, a Volkswagen Golf with registration plate ‘J3H3’ was seized at Port Baru Kuala Nerus. The excuse given by the 24-year-old from Setiu was that the car was purchased at Aidilfitri night and he could not change the registration number to meet the specification.
All three of the fancy plates ‘MIRA’, ‘DINA’ and ‘J3H3’, if convicted, may be sentenced to not less than RM5,000 and not more than RM20,000 or to imprisonment for not more than one year and not more than five years, or Both.
The issue of fancy plates is not new, and both the police and the Department of Road Transport (JPJ) have issued reminders to the public not to fit plates with illegal stylized fonts and surfaces (such as carbon prints) or assembled and modified feature plates. Letters / numbers for reading a phrase, name or other meaning.