THE Internal Security Ministry’s proposal to make insurance companies deny drivers renewal of their vehicular insurance as a solution to pay up their traffic summonses needs examination before implementation, “Pay up first” (The Star, Oct 9).
The insurance companies surely are happy to see insurance premiums raised for those who have unpaid summonses.
Law-abiding drivers will continue to pay the usual premiums and would welcome higher premiums for the defaulters.
But we have forgotten that there are drivers who have no insurance and as a result have not paid road tax.
If the proposal is implemented the number of drivers without insurance and road tax will just increase.
Perhaps, additionally the driver’s licence renewal should be blocked by the Road Transport Department.
For proper enforcement of traffic summonses the police, RTD and the insurance companies must be linked-up together.
The enforcement personnel should be properly equipped and be able to go online in the field to determine if any outstanding summonses are pending payment before issuing any new summons.
In such a situation any individual will not be able to accumulate a pile of unpaid summonses.
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