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Between 2014 and last year, as many as 201,686 summonses for driving without a licence have been issued nationwide by the police to teenagers aged 11 to 20 – some of them students – according to Utusan Melayu. Out of those, 99,782 summonses were issued in 2015, while 101,904 were handed out the year before.

Bukit Aman traffic chief Senior Assistant Commissioner Mahamad Akhir Darus said that based on the age breakdown, 16,862 summonses were issued to those aged 11 to 15, while another 184,824 were issued to those aged between 16 and 20. Of the former figure, 8,467 summonses were issued last year, while those aged 16 to 20 years old were handed 91,315 summonses in 2015 and 93,509 in 2014.

According to Mahamad Akhir, those aged between 21 and 25 were also convicted of driving without a licence, receiving 158,296 summonses between 2014 and last year. Moving up, those aged 26 to 30 years old received 127,798 summonses for both years, while those above 31 years of age were issued 145,429 summonses during the same period.

In total, offenders of all age groups racked up a massive 633,209 summonses in 2014 and 2015. Akhbar said that the police is planning to drag traffic offenders driving without a licence straight to court without issuing any compounds.

Meanwhile, Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar said that the proposal will be presented to the government as soon as possible in an effort to ensure all road users must have a valid driving licence and do not take their responsibilities lightly.