Wednesday August 1, 2012
Proposal to make traffic offenders pay on the spot
By LEE YEN MUN
PUTRAJAYA: Motorists and motorcyclists who commit traffic offences will have to settle their summonses on the spot or have their vehicles impounded under a proposal to the Government.
The special commission to stu- dy the transformation of the civil service said unpaid summon- ses amounted to millions of ring- git.
“According to the various road transport authorities, there are hundreds of thousands of unpaid summonses,” said commission chairman former chief justice Tun Zaki Azmi.
“Many errant motorists who failed to settle their fines have escaped warrants of arrest. We want to strengthen the enforcement (of the law),” he said after meeting representatives of relevant ministries, agencies and local authorities.
He cited speeding and beating the red light as among the most common traffic offences, and also called for action against “inconsiderate parking”.
Motorists who parked carelessly should have their vehicles clamped or towed away, he said, adding that the idea was mooted by Cuepacs president Datuk Omar Osman and received unanimous support at the meeting.
Among the organisations represented were the Transport Ministry, Land Public Transport Commission, Road Transport Department, Works Ministry, and Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry.
Omar urged the 1.4 million civil servants and more than 500,000 pensioners to set an example as responsible road users.
Zaki said the commission hoped that the proposal would be implemented as soon as possi- ble with Hari Raya around the corner.