KUALA LUMPUR – The Malaysian police are offering a 50 per cent discount for traffic offenders to clear their outstanding summonses online from Jan 18 to Feb 1, as part of its push this year to promote e-payments, Bernama reported.
The announcement was made by Bukit Aman Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Department (JSPT) director Azisman Alias at a special press conference on Monday (Jan 13) where the police gave a briefing on their 2019 achievements and 2020 plans.
Malaysian police periodically give steep discounts on tickets issued for traffic offences such as speeding or beating a red light to entice the public to pay their fines. Members of the public tend to hoard the tickets until the discount windows are announced by the authorities.
The police have previously said that less than 30 per cent of the approximately five million summonses issued each year are settled by traffic offenders.
This year, the police are emphasising e-payments for summonses especially during the festive season to allow the public to skip waiting in line to settle the fines, Datuk Azisman said.
“We never did online payment before which would not require people to queue for hours to pay,” he said.
Motorists can pay their fines through the Malaysian government portals he added.
The latest discount comes barely a month after another concession was offered to motorists during the Christmas period.
Thousands of Malaysians queued up in Kuala Lumpur to clear their fines on Christmas Eve and Boxing Day after the police announced that 50 per cent discounts would be offered over the two days.