Big rush to settle summons


The crowd checking and paying their traffic summonses at the booths set up at the George Town district police headquarters in Penang. — Photos: ZHAFARAN NASIB/The Star

The crowd checking and paying their traffic summonses at the booths set up at the George Town district police headquarters in Penang. — Photos: ZHAFARAN NASIB/The Star

A LARGE crowd thronged the George Town police district headquarters in Jalan Patani to settle their summonses following a 50% discount offer.

The queue started as early as 7am outside the police station although the counters were only opened at 9am.

Among them was a woman, who wished to be known only as Teh, 41, who came with about RM500 to settle her traffic summonses.

She had eight summonses for speeding.

“It is much cheaper and easier for me to pay them all at once since there is a 50% discount,” she said while waiting in queue on Wednesday.

Another traffic offender, who wanted to be known only as Chew, 63, said he was unsure about the number of summonses he had accumulated but decided to queue up and check before settling them.

“I know I received one or two summonses four years ago for disobeying traffic signs but did not keep track of them after that.

“Since there is a 50% discount now, I might as well request for them to check my previous records and clear everything at one go,” he said.

Also spotted in the queue was a woman who only wanted to be known as Lim, 40.

She waited for almost 30 minutes before paying more than RM2,000 for about 40 summonses she and her husband received since 2008.

“We travel back and forth between here and Singapore as my husband is a businessman.

“We hardly have time to settle our summonses.

“Since they are offering a 50% discount today, I travelled here to settle all our summonses at a cheaper rate,” she said, adding that most of their summonses were for illegal parking and disobeying traffic signs.

George Town OCPD Asst Comm Che Zaimani Che Awang said a 50% discount was offered on selected traffic offences during the three-day event which ended yesterday.

He said many people also came to check the status of their traffic summonses.

He said the first two days saw some 4,000 summonses being settled, adding that seven booths were set up for checking and five booths were set up for paying.

The summons discount offer was for all types of traffic offences except for those which are non-compoundable, cases tried at court, accident-related, Ops Selamat and lorry summons.

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