Make ‘no discount’ call ring loud and clear


  • Letters
  • Friday, 01 Feb 2019

I REFER to the report “Loke: Stop giving discounts” (The Star, Jan 30).

Transport Minister Anthony Loke should be congratulated for urging the police and local authorities to stop offering discounts to motorists who do not pay the summonses issued to them for traffic offences.

It is certainly a timely move. Offering discounts for such offences not only makes a mockery of the law but also sends a wrong message to both the offenders and law-abiding motorists.

It would be seen as a cheap sale and would not serve as a deterrent.

Summonses issued to traffic offenders must inculcate a sense of civic-mindedness to be conscious of safety and show respect for other road users.

It is heartening to note that the minister has already advised the Road Transport Department to stop giving discounts on unpaid summonses.

Offenders may not like it but the law must prevail. They must be made to pay in full – not offered an incentive to pay.

WILLIAM DENNIS

Subang Jaya

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