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The police have again reminded traffic offenders to settle their outstanding summonses by this Friday before Ops Warta starts next week, which is when traffic police will begin operations to find and detain traffic offenders who have outstanding warrants of arrest against them.

Bukit Aman traffic chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Mohd Fuad Abdul Latiff said that despite the two-week grace period for traffic offenders to pay up, only a fraction had done so. He told reporters that as of Monday, only 18,260 summonses with warrants of arrest status had been settled.

He explained that out of 4.09 million arrest warrants issued to traffic summons defaulters, only 2.49 million – or 61% – had been settled. He added that from next week, police will begin looking at the remaining 1.59 million outstanding arrest warrants, and advised those offenders to pay their fines by May 15.

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“I warn them to settle their summonses immediately. If they fail to do so, they will be taken to court. And if they do not give full cooperation, police will invoke the arrest procedure including handcuffing the offenders,” he stated, adding that the police will go knocking on doors of homes and workplaces of those with arrest warrants under their names.

Motorists can check if they have outstanding summons through many avenues – myeg.com.my, rilek.com.my, and at traffic police counters, post offices, Maybank ATMs, plus selected shopping malls and Road Transport Department (JPJ) branches.

Last week, Fuad had said that all traffic police stations nationwide would be extending their front counter operation hours until 10 pm from Monday to Friday starting from May 5 to make it easier for those who wish to settle their summonses.