At first, it was decided that by 1st March 2011, motorists who failed to settle their outstanding summonses will have to pay the full amount for their fines.
Furthermore, they will be blacklisted. That means, they will be barred from renewing their driving licenses and road taxes. Puan Zainah Lusut, the Road Transport license director, said that the Road Transport Department will be able to tell how many motorists will be blacklisted after taking into account the number of summonses settled recently. It is believed, there are still 17 millions motorists who have yet to settle summonses.
It was reported in Penang, that the Police Department had collected a whopping RM1.1 million in traffic fines on the last day of the 50% discount offer period. The above collection was an all time record for the Penang Traffic Division. RM500,000 was the previous highest collection made.
Meanwhile, Datuk Solah Mat Hasssa, the Director General of the Road Transport Department said 52,919 summonses were paid by midnight yesterday.
On the 27th February 2011, I met a friend, Dollah who is a sales assistant at a spare parts shop located at Jalan Meru, Klang. Dollah lamented that he had an outstanding summons for speeding. When told he would be blacklisted after the 28th of February 2011, Dollah reiterated that he has resigned to accept his fate. He told me that there was no way he could afford paying for his outstanding summonses.
What many motorists would like to know is, what is going to happen after the curtain falls for motorists to pay up their outstanding summonses by the 28th February 2011. However, on the 3rd March 2011, it was again announced that the Cabinet has agreed to extend the grace period of payment to the 10th of March 2011.
According to the Minister of Home Affairs, Datuk Seri Hishamuddin Hussien, the government was fully aware that many motorists who missed the 28th February 2011 deadline could not settle their summonses due to too long queues, insufficient counters and the computer system being overloaded. However, the extention until 10th March 2011 was greeted by many motorists gleefully.
The discount for summonses in reality was first introduced a couple of years ago. At that time, it was believed that some 5.5 million summonses were reported to have been paid by motorists. Commenting on the latest deadline extention, the government said that this was the last extention to be given. After that, the authorities will blacklist motorists who are adamant in not paying their summonses.
Bukit Aman police however made an announcement that all its traffic counters throughout the whole nation will remain open from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm.