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The Transport Ministry is mulling the idea of reducing the current summon rate for select offences from RM300 to RM150, according to its deputy Datuk Abdul Aziz Kaprawi, in a report by Bernama.

However, he said the proposal would require the approval of the Cabinet as well as amendments done to the Road Transport Act 1987 prior to its implementation. For now, the proposal is still being discussed between the ministry and the Government.

Under the proposal, the lower summon rate for certain offences will follow an “early payment incentive” scheme. For instance, should one receive a RM150 summon and settles it within six months, the payee only needs to fork out RM150.

However, should the offender fail to settle summons within the assigned period (six months), the summons amount will increase. In short, the longer you delay settling the summons, the more you’ll need to pay, said Abdul Aziz.

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The proposal not only encourages early settlement of summons, but also standardises the summons rate between agencies for the same offence. “We do not want cases where for one offence, the Road Transport Department (JPJ) issues a summons with one rate while the police (PDRM) issues another with a different rate. With this proposal, the rates are standardised,” he said.

On a separate matter, Abdul Aziz told the Dewan Rakyat that the Transport Ministry is suggesting to the Government to carry out the repayment exercise for all summons issued by the Automated Enforcement System (AES) that was delayed before this.

“Today, there are about two million summons that have yet to be settled by motorists that had receive AES summons issued to them, following the implementation of the suspension of payment of AES summonses since 2012,” said Abdul Aziz.

With the police set to increase traffic fines by the end of 2016, do you agree with the Transport Ministry’s proposal to reduce the summons rate for select offences? Which do you prefer? What about its suggestion to the Government to restart the repayment of summons issued by the AES? Let us know in the comments.