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Traffic fines to be increased

PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2011 4:23 am
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PUTRAJAYA: Compound rates at all 12 municipal councils in the country will be streamlined, making traffic fines heftier in these areas.

Repeat offenders, who commit three or more traffic offences in a period of two months, will get it worse, as they will have to pay double the amount, with the maximum amount being RM300. The new compound rates vary from RM40 to RM300.

Road users, including motorcyclists, who contribute to accidents, cause congestion and offences related to taxi services, come under category one and will face the maximum compound.

For offences under category two, which include parking at junctions, errant road users face a RM150 fine (RM100 for motorcyclists), with the amount increased to RM200 (RM150 for motorcyclists) 15 days after the compound is issued. It hits the maximum rate of RM300 (RM250 for motorcyclists) after 30 days.

For eight offences under category three, including parking at fire hydrants and yellow lines, and repairing vehicles by the roadside, the rates have been streamlined at RM100 (RM50 for motorcyclists) before it climbs to the maximum RM250 (RM150 for motorcyclists).

Adopting the "the-more-you-delay-the- more-you-pay" principle, Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Chor Chee Heung said the streamlining was to instil better discipline and for road users to respect the law.

All municipal councils, he said, would not offer any discount, except for those who pay their compounds early.

All summonses unpaid after 60 days will be referred to the court.

Chor said this after the 64th National Council on Local Authorities meeting chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin here yesterday.

On the landslide that hit the orphanage in Hulu Langat, Chor said construction of structures on agricultural land for personal use, need not get the approval of the local authority. But many had abused the provision.

The meeting also agreed to make it compulsory for housing developers, all government buildings, and commercial and industrial premises to be fixed with rainwater harvesting system.

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Re: Traffic fines to be increased

PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2011 4:24 am
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Chor said the design of shoplots and other buildings under the state governments and local authorities must also follow the Universal Design Guidelines to accommodate the physically-challenged, the elderly and children.

The length of time it takes to apply to set up new businesses has also been reduced to within one working day, he said.

On traffic summonses, Chor said the local councils would adopt the Road Transport Department’s schedule for summons.

Under the new schedule, the payment period has been divided into three stages – days 1-15, 16-30 and 31-60. After 60 days, the case will be filed in court.

Habitual offenders who are involved in at least three cases within two months would be fined twice the original amount but to a maximum of RM300 per case.

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