Following the transport ministry’s recent call for the ending of discounts for unpaid JPJ summonses, the police say that it has not made a decision to abolish discounts on police-issued traffic summonses. According to inspector-general of police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun, the police will obtain further details and refer to the home ministry before making a decision, as Bernama reports.

Mohamad Fuzi said that the discount given by the police was meant to lighten the burden of traffic offenders having to pay for accumulated summonses, to encourage them to settle their dues as well as to have a closer relationship with the community. He added that discounts were not a common offering.

“We don’t always offer discounts (on traffic summonses). There are certain offences which have been issued with a lot of summonses. Anyway, we cannot simply offer discounts as we need to get the approval from the director of the Bukit Aman traffic enforcement and investigation department first,” he said, adding that discount offers on traffic summonses were well-received by the public.

Last week, traffic police investigations and enforcement department director DCP Datuk Azisman Alias revealed that only 30% of the five million summonses issued by police are settled every year, and that the police would be unable to collect revenue if such a discount scheme was not applied.

Mohamad Fuzi said that the police would not compromise nor offer any discounts to traffic offenders during the festive season in a bid to reduce the number of road accidents in the country.