Of late, Malaysian drivers have been reading much regarding the issue of saman ekor by the police authorities.

Close co-operation between the police department and the Road Transport Department has led to the blacklisting of drivers who have failed to pay up their summons. In the event a driver has failed to settle his summons, be it an ordinary summons or a “saman ekor”, a blacklisted driver cannot renew his driving license. Neither can a driver attempt to secure his road tax for the vehicle he is driving. In short, the driver cannot drive at all.

Some people are of the opinion that the police authorities should not issue a saman ekor to drivers. They say it is not fair.

In a summons issued to a driver, a driver is given a period of 30 days to settle his summons with the authorities, be it the police, J.P.J. or even the local authorities.

Normally, after the one month duration for an offender to settle his summons has elapsed, to be fair to the authorities, no option is yet taken upon the offender. Letters of warnings are initially sent out to offenders to kindly remind them to settle the outstanding summons.

In fact, quite a few warning letters are sent out to offenders. Only as a final resort will a relevant authority, which has been unable to collect the outstanding summons for quite some time will finally resort to issuing its LAST warning letter to offenders who have chosen to ignore those letters.

I should know what I am talking about. A few years ago, I received a pink coloured warning letter from the Legal Adviser of the Majlis Bandaraya Petaling Jaya (MBPJ), threatening to haul me to court for non payment of a few parking tickets long outstanding. Only a visit to the MBPJ authorities in Petaling Jaya finally settled the issued.

Inspite the above, PBPJ officers were more than understanding. They were good enough to listen to my appeal. In hearing that I was a pensioned person and that the car was registered under my name but driven and used by my son, they quickly responded by allowing me to pay the outstanding summons at a reduced rate.

An officer of the department even went on to advise me that in future, should I receive a parking summons, say for RM50, one could even send a sum of RM30 to the authorities concerned. And believe it or not, MBPJ will normally “close on eye” and accept the summons as having been paid. Up to today, I still have the receipts that were paid for the summons settled for fines in my personal files.