Traffic fines to be increased

By Farrah Naz Karim

PUTRAJAYA: Compound rates at all 12 municipal councils in the country will be streamlined, making traffic fines heftier in these areas.

Repeat offenders, who commit three or more traffic offences in a period of two months, will get it worse, as they will have to pay double the amount, with the maximum amount being RM300 (S$122). The new compound rates vary from RM40 (S$16) to RM300.

Road users, including motorcyclists, who contribute to accidents, cause congestion and offences related to taxi services, come under category one and will face the maximum compound.

For offences under category two, which include parking at junctions, errant road users face a RM150 (S$61) fine (RM100 (S$40) for motorcyclists), with the amount increased to RM200 (S$81) (RM150 for motorcyclists) 15 days after the compound is issued. It hits the maximum rate of RM300 (RM250 (S$100) for motorcyclists) after 30 days.

For eight offences under category three, including parking at fire hydrants and yellow lines, and repairing vehicles by the roadside, the rates have been streamlined at RM100 (RM50 (S$20) for motorcyclists) before it climbs to the maximum RM250 (RM150 for motorcyclists).

Adopting the "the-more-you-delay-the- more-you-pay" principle, Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Chor Chee Heung said the streamlining was to instil better discipline and for road users to respect the law.

All municipal councils, he said, would not offer any discount, except for those who pay their compounds early.

All summonses unpaid after 60 days will be referred to the court.

Chor said this after the 64th National Council on Local Authorities meeting chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin here yesterday.

On the landslide that hit the orphanage in Hulu Langat, Chor said construction of structures on agricultural land for personal use, need not get the approval of the local authority. But many had abused the provision.

The meeting also agreed to make it compulsory for housing developers, all government buildings, and commercial and industrial premises to be fixed with rainwater harvesting system.

This, he said, would help reduce the demand of treated water by 75 per cent.

-New Straits Times