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Malaysian Police to halve compounded fines for traffic summonses
Effective 1st July 2008, the Malaysian police will give a 50% discount on the compounded fines for traffic summonses, except those for serious offences, said Federal Police traffic chief Senior Asst Comm II Datuk Hamza Taib, the logic being to ease the financial burden on the lower income group after the recent price rise in petroleum and food items.
Evidently, this discount is applicable for those who receive a summons on-the-spot and pay the compounded fine before or on the last day of the 30-day deadline.
“Offenders who have yet to pay their summons and have not received letters summoning them to court are eligible for a 30% discount".
“Those who have received the court summons are not eligible for any discount,” he told reporters Monday at the Traffic Police Headquarters, at Bukit Aman, Kuala Lumpur.
Traffic offenders receiving their summons via the post will be eligible for a 30% discount regardless of when the summons was issued.
He said the discount offer was ongoing and no deadline had been set.
When he was asked if the discounts would encourage motorists to flout traffic laws, he said 'the police were confident the gesture would spur them to learn from their mistakes and not repeat them.'
“Even before this, the rich might not think much of paying a RM300 fine. Our focus is to try and ease the burden on the lower- and middle-class group,” he said.
He added that about 12,000 traffic summonses for various offences were issued every day nationwide.
What a ill-conceived crazy idea, this will certainly not help to improve road safety, in fact it may even encourage more speeding, recklessness and dangerous driving!!!!!!!
Meanwhile, back in the real world………..the carnage continues:
Man killed when articulated lorry hits 14 vehicles, leaving trail of death, injury and destruction, in the 13:45 incident on Monday 30th June 2008, all hell broke loose when an 18-wheel loaded articulated lorry heading towards Puchong Jaya from Kinrara was said to have been speeding and lthen the driver ost control and rammed into a traffic light before ploughing into seven cars, two lorries and five motorcycles.
The lorry driver is believed to have jumped a red traffic light signal at speed, losing control of the heavy lorry as he swerved to avoid a traffic island ahead of the traffic lights.
The articulated lorry atop the crushed car
The lorry then smashed into an oncoming car driven by
The car was crushed as it went under the lorry, killing Nyu instantly,
A police spokesman said it took fire and rescue department personnel 30 minutes to extricate the deceased from the wreckage.
“There were about 20 vehicles waiting at the traffic light when we were hit by the trailer,” an eyewitness was reported as saying.
A driver said he heard a loud crash and felt a strong impact, before his car was flung forward.
The accident caused several cars and motorcycles to be crushed and dragged along by the lorry.
Some news reports said that the four persons who were seriously injured were motorcyclists, others said two were from motor cars, and two were motor cyclists.
The Driver of 18-wheel Articulated Lorry who caused a 14 vehicle crash to be Charged.
The police are going to charge the lorry driver, who smashed into 14 vehicles and killed one person, with causing death by reckless driving.
Selangor traffic police chief Supt Che Hussin Omar said the 64-year-old driver is currently being treated in the
"Based on witness accounts, the driver was speeding before smashing into the vehicles at the junction.”
He would be investigated under Section 41 of the Road Transport Act, 1987, for causing death by reckless or dangerous driving.
Police Supt. Che Hussin said the four patients currently were being treated at the
Meanwhile, the Carnage Continues Unabated
The carnage on the roads and highways of
The Solutions are Simple, but, when will the authorities act?
Have efficient training and strict driving tests for all motorists, and special comprehensive courses and strict driving tests for the issuance of Commercial Driving Licences, Heavy Goods Vehicle licenses and Public Service Vehicle Licenses for buses and coaches, which should only be issued to those with adequate experience, good health and a clean motorcar driving license
The current methods of training are too superficial and and the various stages of all driving tests are far too easy to pass.
Eradicate bribery and corruption.
Implement strict zero tolerance enforcement, without fear or favour around the clock, seven days a week, 52 weeks of the year.
Fit all buses with on-board tachometers, in which are place driver-specific recording tachograph charts, which continuously record speeds, stopping times, etc.
There has been a recent announcement that it will be compulsory at the end of 2008, for all buses to be fitted with GPS devices, which will send signals to the respective bus company regarding the bus's whereabouts, speed, etc., this to me is a pie-in-the sky idea, which is doomed to failure.
Can you remember that the KLIA Taxis (Limos) had these initially, but soon they became defunct!!!! Now they cannot be seen at all.
The same thing happened for the amber speed indicating lights which indicated speeding (over 90 km/h) of small commercial vehicles!
Unless and until positive and sensible things are implemented nothing will ever change!
The Carnage will Continue on the Roads and Highways of Malaysia.
Bullshit doesn't baffle anyone in Malaysia any more!