Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Malaysian motorists who have been slapped with traffic summonses will get a partial reprieve from Tuesday: the compound fines for these offences will be halved, said the police.
But those facing serious offences will not be spared, said Federal traffic chief Senior Asst Comm II Datuk Hamza Taib.
He said the move was to ease the burden on the lower income group after the recent price hike in petroleum and food items.
The 50 per cent discount applies only to those who get on-the-spot summons and they must pay up within 30 days.
'Offenders who have yet to pay their summons and have not received letters summoning them to court are eligible for a 30 per discount,' he told reporters on Monday at the Traffic Police Headquarters, Bukit Aman.
'Those who have received the court summons are not eligible for any discount.'
Traffic offenders receiving their summons via the post are eligible for a 30 per cent discount regardless of when it was issued.
He said the discount offer was ongoing and no deadline had been set.
Asked if the discounts would encourage motorists to flout traffic laws, he said police were confident the gesture would spur them to learn from their mistakes and not repeat them.
'Even before this, the rich might not think much of paying a RM300 (S$124.71) fine. Our focus is to try and ease the burden on the lower- and middle-class group,' he said.
He said those issued summonses during Ops Sikap, for jumping the red light, for accidents as well as those issued arrest warrants were not eligible for a discount.
SAC Hamza said he was confident that the new incentive could help improve the summons payment rate, recorded at 70 per cent at the end of last year.
He added that about 12,000 traffic summonses for various offences were issued every day nationwide. -- The Star/ANN.