The 50 per cent discount deadline on traffic summonses ended yesterday.
KUALA LUMPUR: There will be no more extensions to motorists who failed to pay their summonses as of yesterday, said Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein.
He said sufficient grace period had been given for motorists to settle their outstanding summons.
"We already gave a grace period of six months and yet some people don't come forward. So what choice do we have left? We will only consider relaxing fines for those who were not in the wrong," he said yesterday after chairing a meeting in Putrajaya.
From today, errant motorists will have to pay the full summons fine if they want their names removed from the blacklist.
Those who did not settle their outstanding summonses will not be allowed to renew their road tax and driving licences.
As of last Thursday, there were some 15 million summonses issued between 2000 and 2008 -- 13.7 mil under police, 831,599 under KL City Hall and 434,003 under Road Transport Department -- still unpaid.
Due to high influx of motorists on the last day, counters at traffic police stations nationwide remained open until midnight yesterday to enable traffic summonses to be paid.
Several online systems had to cease operations temporarily for several hours due to last minute massive online traffic.
Sites such as www.rilek.com.my
could not be accessed to pay up outstanding summonses as of 4.30pm.
A notice on the respective sites said that police servers were running at maximum capacity and had to undergo urgent maintenance temporarily.
Post offices meanwhile, which had been operating after hours over the weekend, did not open after working hours.
PosNiaga chief operating officer Datuk Mearia Hamzah said about 700 counters were opened over the weekend to cater to motorists looking to settle their summonses at the last minute.
She said there would be no more extensions as Pos Malaysia staff had already worked long hours to meet the demand.
Meanwhile, long queues were the order of the day as those with outstanding summonses flocked to the post office and traffic police counters.
In Petaling Jaya, businessman, Daniel Chan, 33 said he went to the Petaling Jaya police station twice but found it crowded and unable to get a number to queue and pay his summonses.
"A lot of people were frustrated and complained about the inability to settle the summonses," he said.
In Butterworth, the Seberang Prai Selatan traffic police went the extra mile for those settling their summonses.
Led by its traffic chief, Chief Inspector Hamim Abdul Hamzah, he and his men distributed mineral waters to motorists as well as placed stand fans to cool-off those queuing up to pay.
The district police also opened an extra counter for motorists to check their the status of their summonses before proceeding to the payment counters.
In Kuching, the chaotic scene at the only traffic summons counter, proved to be too much for a 22-year-old women who collapsed and fainted in the midst of the crowd.
The woman later regained consciousness after being attended by her relatives.
"Everyone is pushing each other in there. There was no order at the counter, it was free for all," said Andy Lubong, 25, who came to settle his summons.
In Johor Baru, Lee Kuan Cheng, 22, skipped classes to pay his summonses.
He attempted to pay online for the past few days but the servers were unresponsive due to heavy traffic.
Government servant Mohd Faizul Ismail, 32, said he had been queuing for for more than four hours to make payment. He has overdue traffic summonses dating back to 2008.
Mahendran Maniam, 50, said it was ridiculous for the computer system to be disrupted due to a sudden surge in usage.
"I went to four post offices, and now the police station, just to give away my money. I am an old man, waiting under this blazing sun, and this may kill me," he said.
In Alor Star, the Kota Setar police district headquarters erected tents outside traffic counters for motorists and provided them drinks.
Its chief, ACP Adzaman Mohd Jan, said the move was made to assist the motorists as the weather was hot.
Motorists had their reasons as to why they sought to settle their summons at the last minute.
Fazliana Omar, 29, said she had to wait until the last minute to settle her summons as she was undergoing a practical training.
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