Thursday, 17 February 2011

CABINET AGREES TO NEW STRUCTURE FOR TRAFFIC OFFENCES - Yahoo! Malaysia News

CABINET AGREES TO NEW STRUCTURE FOR TRAFFIC OFFENCES
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PUTRAJAYA, Feb 16 (Bernama) -- The Cabinet today agreed to a restructure of offences under the Road Transport Act which will see new compound rates for traffic offences from March 1.

According to Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha, under the restructured system that will affect all fines issued from March 1, traffic offences would be divided into four categories, based on the seriousness of the offences with compounds ranging from RM40 to a maximum of RM300.

The various stakeholders involved - Road Transport Department (JPJ) Police, Land Transport Commission (SPAD) and other agencies involved - he said.

"It will be streamlined by all the enforcement agencies involved, including the local councils," he told reporters after attending the Transport Ministry''s Chinese New Year celebrations here today.

The more you delay, the more you pay - this is the principle that has been approved by the Cabinet in the restructuring and streamlining of fines issued for traffic offences that are deemed less serious.

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The payment period would be divided into three stages - first day to 15 days; 16th to 30th day and 31st day to 60 days - he said.

Kong said after 60 days, the case would be filed in court while repeat offenders would be fined twice the original amount.

"The amount will be multiplied if the offences are committed three times or more within a two-month period under the first, second and third categories or any combination of the categories," Kong said, adding that the offences will be filed in court if the fines are not settled within 60-days of being issued.

He also said motorists will not be issued demerit points if they settle outstanding fines within three months.

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