SHAH ALAM: Bukit Aman needs to get the full details behind Transport Minister Anthony Loke’s statement that his ministry will speak to police and local authorities about doing away with discounts on traffic summonses, said Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun.
“Firstly, he is speaking on behalf of the Transport Ministry, which is not under the Home Ministry.
“We must get the full details behind his statement before proceeding further,” the Inspector-General of Police said.
The police, according to the IGP, have put a no-discount clause on summonses issued during the Ops Selamat periods, as the goal is to reduce the accident rate.
“However, there are a few instances when we offer discounts for traffic offenders, especially during engagements with the public.
“Each state police contingent that wants to offer such discounts must get the approval of the Bukit Aman Traffic Enforcement and Investigation Department,” he said.
The purpose of offering discounts for traffic summonses is to encourage people to settle their summonses while forging closer ties between the police and the public, he added.
“On the minister’s statement, we have to see the views of Home Ministry’s leadership as well before making a decision on the matter,” the IGP said.
Loke had previously said that the Transport Ministry would speak to police and local authorities about doing away with discounts on traffic summonses.
He pointed out that the Road Transport Department, under his ministry, had already stopped the practice.
“Moving forward, there must be a similar policy and consistency. I will convey this message to the police and local authorities,” he told reporters recently.
Halting the practice of giving discounts would compel road users to abide by traffic rules and reduce accidents, he said.