The police are in full support of the Transport Ministry’s proposal to reduce the fines for certain offences from RM300 to RM150. However, it says that for serious offences, the fines must remain unchanged.

Speaking to The Star on the matter, Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Department director Senior Asst Comm Mahamad Akhir Darus said, “examples of serious offences are speeding, beating the red light and cutting queue.”

He added that the police have been issuing less fines for minor traffic offences such as indiscriminate parking since 2011. For minor parking-related offences, a fine of RM100 would be issued.

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“However, the current maximum rate of RM300 for serious offences, especially those that resulted in accidents, must remain,” he said. Offenders must pay their fines within two weeks, and any delay after the two weeks will prompt an increase in the fine amount.

SAC Mahamad Akhir also expressed his support for the need to streamline the fine rates of the police and Road Transport Department (JPJ), citing its appropriateness and convenience. For instance, the fine rate for those caught using a mobile phone while driving/riding is RM150 when issued by the police, and RM300 by the JPJ.

Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Abdul Aziz Kaprawi said recently that the proposal would require the approval of the Cabinet as well as amendments done to the Road Transport Act 1987 prior to its implementation.