KUALA LUMPUR, NOV 5: Jerai MP, Firdaus Jaafar expresses his frustration over the imminent possibility of fellow Malaysian citizens having to deal with two fines.
The first fine is issued by Polis Diraja Malaysia (PDRM) or Royal Malaysian Police, while the second one is issued by Jabatan Pengangkutan Jalan (JPJ) or the Road Transport Department.
Such reaction was elicited in response to the stand taken by the Ministry of Home Affairs during the Questions and Answers Session in the Dewan Rakyat (House of Representatives) that it would not axe the postal fine (Notis Pol 170A) even though the Automatic Enforcement System would be implemented.
‘These [two] ministries are making issuing fines to road users a concomitant agenda. By right, PDRM should be focusing more on crimes.’
‘Out of the number of fines issued, almost half of those whose fines are issued upon do not understand the nature of the offence, but would nevertheless proceed to pay because they want to avoid the hassle of court procedure they have to go through. The government has to explain how it operates, not simply give them the ticket’, he said.
Deputy Minister, Datuk Wira Abu Seman Yusop said that the postal fine was intended to create awareness among road users to drive carefully and to decrease the number of accident cases.
Postal fine is one that is issued by PDRM to owners of registered vehicles.
Failure to provide sufficient information on the notice within a specified period of time will subject the owner to the fine for the said offence.
Abu Seman revealed that as many as 180, 062 postal fines had been issued during the Ops Selamat during the Hari Raya season starting from the 12th until the 26th August 2012.
Out of the above-mentioned number of fines issued, as many as 52, 362 fines have been cleared up.