Cop-shop

Over RM1.57 billion in the form of summonses and compound fines has been collected from traffic offenders since 2010. In reports by The Star and The Sun, the Home Ministry said that amount could be higher.

Based on the PDRM Traffic Cops Record system, approximately 28.4 million traffic summonses were issued from 2010 to 2015, with a compound value of RM1.6 billion. During the same period, a total of 13.8 million summonses were settled, with 14.6 million being backlogged summonses worth RM1.5 billion.

The information was revealed following a request made by Seputeh MP Teresa Kok in Parliament, who also wanted to know how an increase in traffic compounds could curb road mishap increase.

According to Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, the proposal to raise the compound rates as stated by Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar was aimed at creating awareness among road users to exercise care on the road, and to deter drivers from breaking the law, especially speeders.