In April, it was reported that the police had no plans to prevent foreign motorists with outstanding traffic summonses from entering the country, in response to Singapore’s new ruling to do the same with regards to entry into the republic, as of April 1.

Perhaps they should – as The Star reports, Singaporean drivers have the highest number of overdue Malaysian traffic summonses out of all neighbouring countries. According to Bukit Aman traffic investigation and enforcement department director Deputy Commissioner Datuk Azisman Alias, there are a total of 136,601 overdue traffic summonses and 2,131 arrest warrants for Singaporean motorists, issued between 2014 to 2018.

Brunei is second with 40,101 overdue summonses, while Thailand is third with 24,651, making for more than 200,000 outstanding traffic summonses in all. Azisman said that the police were in favour of implementing a system similar to Singapore’s, where foreign vehicles with outstanding summons are denied entry.

He said that a special operation was conducted between July 12 and 14 in Kedah, Perlis and Perak, targeting foreign vehicles. “A total of 3,460 cars were inspected and 1,649 summons were settled. The department also collected RM291,190 in compounds. We hope the operation will get foreign offenders to settle their summonses and not repeat their mistakes while visiting this country,” he said.