SEREMBAN: There is a need to study measures dealing with traffic cases so that offenders will not ignore summonses, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ling Liong Sik said.
He said that road users were not bothered by summonses because punishment did not follow quickly.
Dr Ling noted that if a person received a summons but no action was taken against him for over five years, there is high probability he would ignore it.
Issuing a summons is one thing, serving it is another, and the speed of punishment is also a different thing. Do we allocate a special court to deal with traffic cases or only when courts are free from dealing with criminal and civil cases?
All these questions add up and we need to study the matter before coming up with solutions, he told reporters after attending MCA Sports Club Chinese New Year celebrations at Tuanku Jaafar Golf and Country Resort here yesterday.
Dr Ling was asked to comment on the failure of authorities to serve repeat traffic offenders with summonses and warrants of arrest at their homes resulting in dozens of summonses outstanding for each offender.
He said that police were entrusted to serve 95% of the summonses as they had a 100,000-strong force compared to Road Transport Department which had a much smaller number.
We would like to discuss with them on improving the system. Sometimes, the offence is committed in Rawang but the offender lives in Baling, he said, adding that serving summonses was a tedious process.
On a separate matter, he said his Ministry was willing to consider proposals to amend the Road Transport Act 1987 to provide for heftier penalties for reckless driving resulting in deaths.
Dr Ling said that despite rising vehicles sales over the years, road fatalities due to accidents dropped significantly due to aggressive road safety campaigns by the police, JPJ and Road Safety Council.