Traffic summonses payment counters a big hit

MELAKA: The Royal Malaysia Police’s traffic ticket payment counters continue to be a big hit among visitors at the Melaka Malaysian Family Aspirations Tour.

People started queuing up at the counters to get discounts of up to 50% as early as 8.30am yesterday.

One visitor interviewed, Kama-rudin Mdson, 62, said he had accumulated tickets worth RM5,000 since 2016. But he only paid RM2,580 because he managed to get a 50% discount.

“I specifically came to the tour to pay my summonses. It’s not that I didn’t want to pay before, but I couldn’t afford to settle in full then.

“So when I found out about the availability of discounts of up to 50% here, I wanted to settle my existing summonses,” he told Bernama.

He said discount offers should be made more often to reduce the burden on people, especially in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, as they require money to recover from its impact.

“It is all right to have programmes like these to help lighten the burden of the people, though not to encourage them to do wrong.”

Another visitor to the tour, Zulkarnain Harun, 49, had to cough up only RM380 out of the RM750 due from him. His summonses were related to speeding.

“I think this kind of discount offer should be made regularly, maybe every two or three months, so that the culture of collecting summonses is not prevalent among the people.

“Sometimes it’s because there are so many summonses, it’s difficult to settle,” he said.

The police opened the traffic fine payment counters from 9am to 4pm in conjunction with the three-day Melaka Malaysian Family Aspi-rations Tour, which ends today.

Members of the public who wish to settle their fines can do so by first checking in at the counters provided before paying in cash.

All summonses are eligible for discounts except for those related to accidents, running the red lights, using emergency lanes without justification, overtaking dangerously and overtaking on double lines.

Summonses already in court, non-compoundable ones, and summonses involving lorries and exhaust modifications are also not eligible.

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