JPJ cancels 7,000 tinted glass summonses

All notices or summonses issued by the Road Transport Department (JPJ) for tinted glass offences are null and void with immediate effect, JPJ director-general Datuk Dr Mohd Shahar Sidek announced yesterday.

He said all outstanding notices or summonses had been revoked and motorists issued with them should “just ignore and discard it.”

“Our records show that about 7,000 motorists have been issued with notices to change their tinted windscreens and windows to comply with the law.

“These notices are automatically revoked and those concerned need not send their vehicles to Puspakom or JPJ for inspection.

“As for now, no action will be taken against motorists for tinted glass offences in line with the Cabinet directive to postpone the operation indefinitely.

“The same rule applies for those using curtains, sunshades and blinds on their windows,” he told reporters after chairing the state JPJ directors’ meeting at the Allson Klana Resort near here yesterday.

Dr Mohd Shahar said the move was to avoid any confusion among the public over the matter.

He said unless and until the Government came up with a more appropriate decision, tinted glass would remain a non-offence.

Under the Motor Vehicle (Prohibition of Certain Types of Glass) Rules 1991, the level of light penetration should not be less than 70% for the front windscreen and not less than 50% for the rear windscreen and side windows.

Those caught using tints above this limit can be fined up to RM300. A one-year grace period for owners of imported vehicles to change their factory tinted glass and windscreens ended last Wednesday.

To a question, Dr Mohd Shahar said the tinted glass ruling was not fixed by the JPJ, which acts as an enforcement agency, adding that the Cabinet had asked the Transport Ministry to get feedback from all relevant parties to review the standard.

He said the JPJ would present several views to the ministry to streamline the tinted glass standards to benefit both motorists and the automobile industry.

The JPJ had originally announced that it would crack down on heavily tinted vehicles and those with curtains, sunshades and blinds on their vehicle windows in a nationwide operation between Nov 28 and Dec 3.

However, the Cabinet had decided to extend the grace period for the enforcement of the ruling to after the Chinese New Year in early February.

Dr Mohd Shahar also said the JPJ would, however, carry on with its routine operations on other offences during the festive season.

600450 JPJ cancels 7,000 tinted glass summonses
Date: 2 December 2002
Source: The Star Online

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