Were you part of Monday’s massive queues to pay traffic summons at the 50% discounted rate? The reason police stations, post offices and MyEG saw so much traffic was because from 1 March onwards, those with outstanding summons would have been blacklisted, and will face trouble renewing their road tax and driving licence. As with every other deadline, Malaysians love the last minute rush!

Well, if you didn’t make it, here’s good news. The Cabinet has agreed to extend the 50% discount on traffic summonses to March 10, Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein revealed today. He said that this is to give offenders more time to settle their summonses.

This grace period comes at a surprise (or maybe not!) as the authorities have repeatedly said that no deadline extension will be given. Reports say that despite being given a six-month grace period to settle summonses at half price, a massive 17.3 million summonses remain unpaid.