RECENTLY, my colleague proudly told me he had managed to renew his road tax despite having accumulated more than RM500 in unpaid traffic summonses.
I was shocked at how this was possible as, according to him, he had accumulated the summonses from the Road Transport Department (JPJ), traffic police and Kuala Lumpur City Hall over the past three years.
Why are people like my colleague being treated as if they have not committed any offences? What is the purpose of issuing summonses in the first place if not to punish those who have broken the law?
It’s even more ridiculous that discounts are given by the authorities to encourage people to settle their outstanding summonses.
The Transport Ministry should automatically link all summonses, especially those from the local authorities, with the JPJ system and blacklist the vehicle owner until he or she pays up.
Where I live in Puchong, I often see people throwing the summons issued to them by the Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MBSJ) for committing a traffic offence. They do not seem to understand that the summons is a legal document that cannot be discarded so casually.
The government should also issue a travel ban on those who have a lot of unpaid traffic summonses. If they can afford to travel abroad, why can’t they pay their summons?
Malaysia Baru requires strong political will to improve all aspects of law enforcement.