Tuesday October 2, 2012
Bus company boss claims he was fined for offences he did not commit
SIBU: The managing director of a local bus company claimed that he had been receiving summonses for offences that he did not commit.
Lau Khing Seng of Lanang Road Bus Company Bhd told The Star that he sent a letter to Bukit Aman traffic police chief on Nov 30 last year but until now he has yet to receive any reply.
A copy of the letter has been forwarded to the Sibu police chief ACP Shafie Ismail.
The letter requested for the withdrawal or cancellation of 27 traffic summonses for illegal parking between Aug 11, 2008 and March 18, 2010.
The summonses cited the registration numbers of 10 of his buses.
In the letter, Lau disputed the summons notices because all the 10 buses had either been condemned or out of service, and all their road taxes had expired.
“At the time the alleged offences were committed, none of the 10 buses were in service or on the road,” he said.
What also irked him was that the summons notices identified the buses as either cars or motorcycles.
As an example, he showed a summons notice pertaining to one of his buses bearing the registration number QSA5577.
“The said bus had an accident near Kanowit on Feb 8, 2002. It caught fire and had been out of service since then. However the summons notice that I received was for the illegal parking of a motorcycle on three different dates at three different places between March and July, 2009,” he said.
Another puzzling thing was that four of the 10 summons notices stated offences committed at non-bus routes which included High Street, Jalan Fong Ming, Jalan Keranji and Tanahmas Lane.
Lau believed that someone had illegally used his bus registration numbers on their vehicles.
The summons notices stated that he must pay RM150 for the car offence and RM100 for the motorcycle.
“I recently went to see ACP Shafie and he had promised to look into the matter,” he said.
ACP Shafie Ismail when contacted by The Star, said he would look into Lau’s claim.
“I am checking on all the summonses. If what he (Lau) claimed is true, then I will scrap off the summonses immediately.”