JOHOR BARU, Feb 1, 2016:

The Johor Road Transport Department (RTD) will come down hard on cloned vehicles and syndicates that bring them into the country.

This is following previous cases that had revealed that Johor was among one of the seven states that had a high percentage of cloned vehicles.

The other states are Terengganu, Pahang, Kelantan, Perak, Selangor and Kedah.

Johor RTD director Mohd Rusli Mohd Darus said the department’s enforcement units would conduct daily operations in the state to detect and nab those using cloned vehicles.

“The operation is based on various information and data received on vehicles that have been declared as a total loss by insurance companies.

“In Johor, the syndicates bring in vehicles illegally, especially from neighbouring countries, which contravenes the Road Transport Act 1987,” he said.

Mohd Rusdi said this during the launch of the state-level Chinese New Year operation for this year that will involve RTD enforcement personnel at the Handal Indah bus depot at the Tebrau Industrial Zone here today.

The number of cloned vehicles, mainly luxury makes from Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Honda, Toyota, Audi, Subaru and Mini Cooper, has been on the rise over the past few years.

For Johor, the main source of these unregistered vehicles are believed to be from Singapore.

The vehicles, including high-powered superbikes, are normally considered for export to developing countries, or their certificates of entitlement have lapsed after the expiry of the 10-year limit.

Mohd Rusdi said the cloned vehicles normally used existing particulars of total-loss vehicles and have the same colour, type and registration plates to avoid detection.

“However, we have our methods to trace whether a vehicle is a clone through the vehicle’s chassis number, registration number and via a check of our department’s My Sikap JPJ database.”

Mohd Rusli said the method was sytematic and those suspected of driving cloned vehicles would be hauled for further investigation to the nearest RTD office.

He said those found guilty could have their vehicles impounded under Section 64 of the Road Transport Act 1987.

For Johor, from January last year to January this year, the state RTD has caught a total of 98 cloned vehicles.

The vehicles were detained at eight districts and sub-districts in the state with Kluang having the highest number of cases at 48.

This is followed by Johor Baru (17), Kesang (10), Muar (7), Tenang (6), Jemaluang (5), Sri Gading (3) and Pontian (2).

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