| Danial Norjidi |
OVER 1,300 traffic offences have been recorded over the last four weeks, the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) announced in a statement.
According to the statement, the offences were recorded between December 1-28, during which the Traffic Control and Investigation Department (JSKLL) took action against drivers found to have been breaking various traffic laws over the course of the operations conducted in that period.
The department recorded a total of 1,360 cases of traffic offences, 1,238 of which were found by JSKLL Gadong and 122 cases by JSKLL in Belait, Mile 3.
In the breakdown of these numbers, it is seen that 991 cases carry compounds. Out of this number, under the classification of offences that were a result of the drivers, it was shown that 318 cases of speeding were recorded, as well as 142 instances of drivers running red lights. 120 cases of illegal parking were also recorded, along with 37 cases of not having road tax on the left side of the front windscreen and 26 instances of illegal U-turns, as well 13 instances of carrying cargo without an appropriate holding net. There were also 10 cases of failing to change the name of the owner of a vehicle within a 14-day time frame and nine cases of not fastening a red flag while carrying cargo.
In addition, there were three cases of carrying more passengers than is allowed, two cases of carrying more cargo than allowed, two cases of having a red flag that did not meet the length requirements of 12 inches, two instances of not complying with police instructions, one instance of entering a ‘no entry’ road, one instance of incorrectly dropping off passengers at a bus stop, one case of not using indicator lights and one instance of overtaking at a double-lined road.
The breakdown of compound cases also reveals the traffic offences in relation to the vehicles being driven. One hundred and nineteen of these were cases of licence plates that do not fit with regulations, along with 67 cases of vehicle horns not working, 15 cases of tyres being too large and sticking out past the mudguard and 15 cases of tyre threads being visible.
There were also 15 cases of multi-coloured lights being set up at the front or back of vehicles, as well as 12 instances of vehicles being illegally modified. There were also instances of various vehicle lights not being on at night, specifically: seven cases with licence plate lights, seven cases with headlights and three tail-lights. There were also three instances of vehicles not having licence plates, five cases of brake lights not functioning, one case of using a spotlight without permission from authorities and one instance of a car not being in safe condition.
There were also 369 cases carrying dockets. Offences recorded as a result of the drivers themselves include: 23 cases of driving without a valid driver’s licence; 23 cases of driving with an expired licence; six cases of driving a vehicle without the permission of its owner; two cases of paying or allowing a worker without a valid driver’s licence to drive; and two cases of driving while under suspension.
Offences that were related to the vehicles themselves included: 118 cases of expired road tax, 89 cases of expired insurance, 23 cases of using Sun X/tinted film/tinted windows and 79 cases of using dark sunshades.
In their statement, the police wished to stress upon drivers to always abide by the traffic laws and regulations in the country, while also remembering to enhance safety on the road and being careful while driving, particularly during difficult weather such as heavy rain.