Singapore has announced that starting from April 1, foreign vehicles with outstanding summonses for traffic offences could be denied entry into the country. This will also apply to parking or vehicular emissions offences, The Straits Times reports. The move comes as authorities revealed that there were about 400,000 outstanding fines accumulated by foreign vehicles, amounting to S$32 million (RM96.8 million) in uncollected revenue.

In a collective statement issued by five government agencies, including the police and the land transport authority, the authorities said that all foreign motorists who enter Singapore must abide by the country’s laws and settle any outstanding fines for any vehicle-related offences, and that it took a dim view of those who did not and continue to disregard outstanding fines.

“To further deter such behaviour and more effectively enforce against those who fail to settle their fines, foreign vehicles with a number of outstanding fines for vehicle-related offences may be denied entry into Singapore from April 1, 2019,” the statement said. The agencies added that foreign motorists should check if they have any outstanding fines online through the AXS website and settle them promptly.

In related news, Bernama reports that Malaysia is aware of the new ruling, but says it will hold further discussions with Singapore on the matter. According to deputy foreign minister Datuk Marzuki Yahya, the subject will be brought up during an upcoming bilateral meeting.

“We understand the ban has been issued effective April 1, 2019. We are in the process of discussion with Singapore further on the matter. We have our own method to discuss this matter with Singapore, and this will be conducted simultaneously with the bilateral meeting with the republic later,” he said.