20 April 2010

Raising Fine for Traffic Offenses?

The production of local cars in Malaysia is booming, with Perodua and Proton are trying their best to boost their yearly sales and with banks supporting them, no wonder I heard at about 400 cars are shipped to Kuching daily. In a week, we receive about 2800 cars (both local and imported cars). Not sure where my lecturer got this information from anyway. Hahaha.

But I believe in him. Look at the traffic today. Don't you think that we have lots and lots of local cars? And the more cars we have on the road, the more traffic summonses we pay for breaking the law. It was really a shocking news when the government is going to raise the fine for traffic offenses. I think the decision received mixed reactions from the public. Before this,traffic summonses is ranging from RM70 to RM300 (USD20 to USD120) but now they are raising it to a maximum of RM1,000 (USD450) and RM20,000 (USD8,000). These figures are already expensive for Malaysians who earn RM2000 on average, per month.

I think, the government could consider the possible impact, where the public will be "highly motivated" to bribe the JPJ or Police officers in order to avoid paying the fine and thus making it difficult to combat bribery. So, is the move to raise fine rational? Feel free to share me your thoughts.

(Please read the news for detailed information)

16 Reptozian Messages:

Daniel Chiam said...

I seriously think that the amount is way beyond insanity. if they think by raising the amount of summonses is going to reduce the law breaking citizen then they are wrong. Seriously they should consider of reducing the amount of car on the road, better public transport and encourage people to car pool like crazy... grr

wenn said...

well, i personally feel that it's too much even currently.

RoseBelle said...

$20,000RM!!?? What offense would warrant that kind of fine? I know bribery is common in Asian countries and I think most deadly in China. I remember a governor there was executed a few years back for accepting bribes. We have it too in the U.S. People who accept bribes do it at their own risks so if getting caught, being publicly humiliated, and they can sleep well at night, then these people do not fear consequences for their actions.

Pete said...

They already have trouble collecting all the fines, now want to raise it! What a joke!

casper said...

wa liao..cekik darah betol la..are they for real???well this will mean increase of bribery also..and how da heck ppl going to pay it..
tunggu polis buat SALE??

manglish said...

yes definitely too many cars n too little roads hahahaha

Ms Tikot said...

Hehe... after this, cannot langgar lampu merah anymore. huhu...

mrs shaifull said...

skrg local car mmg byk kan?

Mei Teng said...

I got fined early this month for a parking offence. My fault really. There was no need for an appeal. If paid within 14 days, you're given a 50% discount. Good for me but not so good in curbing traffic offenses. People might be tempted to continue breaking the law as it doesn't cost much to settle those offenses.

SJB said...

Crazy!!! That wayyyy too much. Well, like Ms Tikot said, cannot langgar lampu merah anymore. ha..ha...

James Kabaq said...

Not realistic at all. Agree with Mr. Pete...

Faizal n Fashitah said...

Are they joking? Salah cara sidak tok. I don't think it will reduce segala kesalahan jalanraya.

mNhL said...

The new pricing for the fine is way too ridiculous. But this is a way to scare some driver.

lina said...

What's the point of raising the fines when they are going to give discounts afterwards anyway for reluctant & errant drivers who delay payment?

Ghosty Nana said...

big amount of fine won't reduce the car. If the drivers are careful in driver, they still dare to drive out! So make no sense to increase the fine.

Ayie said...

too much right?