The Traffic Department of New Territories South and the police officers of the New Territories South Police District launched a traffic enforcement operation code-named "Jiefeng" in the area for four consecutive days (6-9 February) to crack down on traffic violations related to trucks, including Police officers issued 256 traffic violation tickets for "defective vehicles", "overweight or unstable cargo", "not wearing seat belts securely", "using mobile communication devices while driving" and "illegal parking". 1,950 fixed penalty notices and 20 summonses were issued, and 40 trucks suspected of violating the Road Traffic (Construction and Maintenance of Vehicles) Regulations were towed away to a motor vehicle detention center for further inspection.
Police officers arrested a total of two local male drivers, aged 57 and 58, suspected of "driving an overloaded vehicle" and "underpaying court fines" respectively.
In addition, a 36-year-old man was found to be a wanted person and was also arrested by the police.
The police appeal to motorists that incomplete vehicles, overweight cargo and unstable cargo are illegal acts and seriously affect the safety of other road users and pedestrians. If the vehicle is not properly repaired and maintained, the driver and the owner may be charged in the event of an accident. Violations under the Road Traffic (Construction and Maintenance of Vehicles) Regulations are punishable by up to six months' imprisonment and a fine of $10,000.
The Police will continue to step up law enforcement actions to crack down on related offenses and protect the safety of the public. Drivers should not defy the law.