T20 group guilty of equipping their cars with fancy number plates – have things changed?
It seems that the T20 group were found guilty of thinking that they were above rules and regulations. We wonder if things have changed since then.
There’s a big problem in Malaysia where car owners like to kit out their cars with fancy plates and overly dark tints, and according to research which was publicised last year, the T20 group is most guilty of carrying out these offences.
According to a report compiled Cent-GPS, a KL-based political science and social behavioural research firm, their findings have concluded that the T20 group are most guilty of carrying out these offences.
Six months on we wonder if the T20 group have smartened up since the report. For those who were unaware of what was said last year, here is a general recap of what the Cent-GPS said.
According to Cent-GPS’s statement, 56% of fancy vehicle license plate offences or not complying with the specifications set by the Road Transport Department (JPJ) were committed by luxury vehicle owners.
Cent-GPS said they had carried out the survey and social experiment on vehicles with fancy license plates and illegal dark mirrors in the Klang Valley last May. The general survey was carried out to identify car models that violated the number plate and dark mirror rules set by JPJ.
“We managed to observe a total of 1,256 vehicles in several key areas around the Klang Valley.”
“The survey found that there are still many Malaysians who violate the rules (vehicle plates) even though the specifications and standards have been clearly defined.
“Cent-GPS teams were stationed around the capital during peak hours on weekdays to conduct the survey. From the observations, there were vehicles with number plates with italics that do not directly have a space between letters and numbers.”
“Following that, we recorded the make and model of the car during the observation,” said their statement.
“A total of 13% were vehicles worth between RM80,000 to RM120,000. Another 13% were cars priced from RM120,001 to RM160,000.
“However, most of the cars that use fancy vehicle number plates are vehicles worth more than RM160,000, which represents 56% of the registered vehicles,” it said.
According to the statement, Cent-GPS categorized the data into Continental (Western-made), Asian and Malaysian cars.
“We found that 33.4% of all vehicle owners with these fancy number plates involved Continental model cars (such as Mercedes, BMW, Audi and so on).
“51% of the cars that commit the same mistake are car models produced by Asian car manufacturers such as Honda, Toyota, Hyundai and so on.
“Only 15.6% of the offences were committed by local vehicle owners, most of which involved Proton X70 models,” according to the report.
“The statement informed that, of all vehicles using number plates that do not comply with the specification, 58.5% were vehicles belonging to the T20 income category (highest income group and household income exceeding RM10,971 per month).
“This calculation was done assuming that every vehicle that went through the survey was purchased through a bank loan with a five-year repayment period without a down payment.
A report by My Metro continues on in detail regarding the matter surrounding the social behaviour of these vehicle owners, and if you would like to know more about it in detail, click here.