The Sarawak Road Transport Department (JPJ) collected about RM5.5 million in compounds and summonses for various traffic offences last year.

Its director, Abdul Hamid Akob said the highest number of compounds and summonses were issued to motorists who did not carry a driving licence, for which 14,000 summonses were issued.

This was followed by expired road tax (7,000), not using seat belts (2,700) and tinted windows (2,000).

“Summonses and compounds were also issued for offences which included beating the red light, speeding, overtaking at double-line and using a mobile phone while driving,” Abdul Hamid told reporters at a news conference here Monday.

Meanwhile, in lieu of the coming Chinese New Year celebrations, the JPJ would increase enforcement operations at three main zones, namely Kuching, Sibu and Miri.

Abdul Hamid said the department would also increase checks at bus depots to ensure that bus companies adhered to the laws.