MALACCA: Road users issued with traffic summonses by enforcement officers, whether from the Road Transport Department, police or local councils will get to pay lower fines if they settle early, under a new scheme.
Road Transport Department director-general Datuk Solah Mat Hassan said instead of giving traffic offenders blanket discounts as incentive for them to settle their summonses, the enforcement agencies would now collect lower fines from them if they pay within a specified time frame.
“For example, they may be fined only RM70 if they come forward to settle their fines for driving without a valid licence within two weeks.
“The fine will go up to RM100 if this is settled within a month.
“So, the more one delays paying his fine, the more one has to pay,” he told reporters after presenting Excellence Service Awards to 585 officers here yesterday. Currently, the maximum fine is RM300.
Solah said the new payment scheme would be implemented once the Cabinet gave its nod to the proposed changes.
“The papers on the proposed changes will be tabled for Cabinet approval soon,” he said, adding that the department was now working out the mechanics and quantum of the scheme with the police and City Hall.
It was earlier reported that from Monday, the police would no longer give discounts to traffic offenders to pay their summonses.
Solah also advised motorists to settle their dues soon to avoid having to pay higher penalties in the near future.
He said they should not view the proposed changes as a means for the Government to collect revenue.
“Summons is issued because one has broken the law,” he said, adding that there was a total of RM16.9mil in unsettled summonses issued by the department, the police and City Hall for various traffic offences.
On another matter, Solah said the department would meet with their Thai counterparts in Jitra, Kedah on Tuesday to resolve several outstanding issues relating to the entry of Thai registered vehicles into the country.
He said the meeting would focus on the permits required by these vehicles before being allowed in via the country's eight entry points along the border.
Solah said the department had also taken steps to weed out graft among its ranks and enhance the integrity of its officers through the signing of a memorandum of understanding with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission.
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