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The Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) has announced that from March next year, those who fail to settle their summonses for traffic offences will find that they won’t be able to renew their vehicle’s road tax.

Details of the defaulters will be submitted to the Road Transport Department (JPJ), which will bar these errant motorists from renewing their road tax, The Star reports.

The approval by JPJ for MBPJ to take this course of action was given last month, Petaling Jaya mayor Mohd Azizi Mohd Zain said. He added that MBPJ is offering an 80% discount to motorists to encourage them to settle their summmonses before the deadline. The discounted rate will be valid until the end of February.

MBPJ says that there is an accumulation of 4.1 million unpaid traffic summonses, which amounts to RM100 million in uncollected fines.