A senator has asked the police to review its proposal to raise the maximum traffic fines, which it says will deter road users from violating traffic rules and change their driving attitude.

Senator Datuk Ng Chiang Chin said the proposed traffic fine increase to curb offenders and educate road users was not the best solution, Bernama reports. Ng said that measures to impose stricter enforcement needs to be improved first before any hike in compound fines is implemented.

“The authorities must demonstrate a commitment to stricter enforcement, not only seasonal such as during festive seasons,” he said during a debate at the Dewan Negara.

In February, Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said the police is planning to increase traffic fines, a move it says is needed to reduce road accidents brought about by recklessness and poor driving attitude. The increase is set to be implemented before the end of the year; the process is currently being reviewed and will include amendments to the legislation.

The police is sticking to its plan to increase traffic fines despite Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai having said that he considered the level imposed in current fines to be adequate, and that education, the Kejara demerit points system and Automatic Enforcement System (AES) is a more effective means of encouraging road safety, a thought that is echoed by MIROS.

Earlier this week, Liow said the government will be implementing four urgent initiatives to help reduce the increasing number of road accidents and fatalities in the country.

They are the implementation of AES and the Kejara Demerit Points system (AWAS), the standardisation of the maximum permitted weight of commercial vehicles, evaluation of road safety and accident investigation of the East Coast Expressway 2 and recommendations on improvement and the execution of the International Road Safety Assessment Programme (IRAP) in Malaysia.