Following transport minister Anthony Loke’s call for the ending of discounts for unpaid JPJ summonses, Bukit Aman has come out to say that if such a discount scheme was not applied, the police would be unable to collect revenue. Traffic police investigations and enforcement department director DCP Datuk Azisman Alias said this in a The Malay Mail report.

Azisman said he understood the intention of the minister’s statement but said the objectives of his department must also be taken into consideration. According to Azisman, only 30% of the five million summonses issued by police are settled every year.

“I would like to explain that these discounts only apply to past and minor offences committed in previous years,” said Azisman. He further clarified that discounts were not applicable to six major categories of traffic offences.

The six offences are speeding, driving in the emergency lane, using your mobile phone while driving, cutting queue, overtaking on double lines and running a red light. “I understand [the minister’s] intention in educating road users to comply with the law. However if only around 30% is paid for the current year, imagine the accumulated number of unpaid summonses,” he said.

For 2018, police issued 5.7 million traffic summonses, of which only 25% have been paid. “The number of unpaid summonses in our record is simply too much and if we do not promote discounts, then we will never be able to collect revenue for the government,” Azisman said.

“That is why JSPT is taking on this approach as a form of service to the community because we do not want to harass offenders who have outstanding arrest warrants like in Ops Warta previously and we do not want to burden road users when they renew their road tax,” he said.

During Ops Warta, offenders with warrants issued in their name would be visited by police, arrested and taken away in handcuffs. Azisman said he will be meeting with both Loke and the director-general of JPJ to discuss suitable methods of implementation.