The government has no intention of reviewing its no-discount policy for compound notices issued by the Road Transport Department.
Transport Minister Anthony Loke (above) has said that any person in violation of traffic rules or who has contravened the Road Transport Act 1987 must be responsible for any wrongdoing.
He said the purpose of the no-discount policy was to educate road users to obey traffic rules and to reduce incidents of road accidents.
“Offering discounts on compound notices issued would give birth to road users who are unafraid to commit faults on the road, and our country would have failed to shape road users who respect the law.
“For the time being, the ministry has no intention of reviewing its no-discount policy on compounds issued by the RTD,” Loke said in a written reply to the Dewan Rakyat today.
He was responding to a question by Nik Abduh Nik Abdul Aziz (PAS-Bachok) on whether the ministry would review this policy.
Loke had announced in January that the ministry would continue not to offer reduction or discount on any traffic compound notices issued by the department.
He had said the government wished to do away with motorists’ attitude of taking summonses lightly and waiting for discount offers before making payment.
This does not include traffic summonses issued by the police.