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The police has decided to follow through on its proposal to raise the maximum traffic fines. This comes a few days after it initially made the suggestion in an attempt to reduce the fatality rate of motorists on Malaysian roads.

In the report by The Sun, Bukit Aman Internal Security and Public Order director Datuk Muhd Fuad Abu Zarim said the process is currently being reviewed, which will include amendments to the legislation. The increase in traffic fines will be implemented before the end of 2016.

Muhd Fuad said, “of course it will have to go through the legislative process, as previously, the maximum compound of RM300 set was part of Section 120 of the Road Transport Act 1987.

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“So if we want to make amendments, it must go through the process at the Cabinet level, then it will be presented to Parliament, and only after being approved by the Parliament, it can be enforced,” he explained.

However, he said that the current existing law will be retained until the amendments to the legislation are put in place, which is hopefully by the end of this year. Muhd Faud said that move to raise traffic fines was necessary as it had remained unchanged for 28 years, and may not be a strong enough deterrent for errant motorists.

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