PUTRAJAYA: A former Road Transport Department (JPJ) deputy director-general has been slapped with the maximum fine of RM2,000 for illegally using the emergency lane during a traffic jam.
Magistrate Muhammad Zaki Abd Kudos found Datuk Yusoff Ayob guilty of the offence, after considering the testimony and submissions heard in court throughout the trial.
He handed down a RM2,000 fine, in default four months prison.
Yusoff, 58, was charged on July 18 with driving a vehicle with the plate number BLY 68 on the emergency lane in Lingkaran Putrajaya here at 6.27pm on Oct 7 last year.
In mitigation, his lawyer Datuk Baljit Singh Sidhu asked for an adequate sentence.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Muhammad Izzat Fauzan urged the court for an exemplary sentence, with a fine and prison time.
He said that Yusoff needed to be held to a higher standard as he was a high-ranking civil servant within the JPJ.
“He has a duty to uphold the law, yet he himself broke it,” said Muhammad Izzat.
Yusoff was transferred to the Public Service Department on July 21.–thestar.com.my