Alternatives to summons discounts


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  • Saturday, 10 Sep 2005

IT JUST does not make sense! Will you lessen the prison sentence for a criminal to encourage him to come out of hiding?  

And yet, this is what the traffic police are doing when they offer massive discounts for guilty traffic offenders to settle their summonses. 

What about folks, like myself, who pay their summonses on time? What incentives do we get?  

Instead of griping, here are some ideas that I would like to offer to the traffic police to help them collect summons payments without having to resort to the usual “mega sale” method:  

1. OFFER a lucky draw incentive for those who settle their summonses early.  

2. COMBINE the summons payment with the offender’s utility bill. No payment, no water or electricity.  

3. OFFER more payment locations. What about tie-ups with petrol stations or via ATMs?  

4. CREATE a “hall of shame” on the traffic police website and equip traffic police officers with digital cameras.  

5. EQUIP traffic police officers with a credit card “swipe” machine. If taxi drivers can accept credit cards, why not the traffic police?  

6. LEARN a trick or two from the loan sharks: put up a prominent sticker on the gate of the offender’s house. This should create some attention and embarrassment.  

The traffic police are supposed to uphold high standards of justice – and this applies even to its retribution system.  

Offering discounts reveals this: revenue collection takes precedence over the sense of rightness and fairness. 

Do consider what behaviour this will encourage among road users.  

 

JOSEPH TAN, Petaling Jaya. (via e-mail)  

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