Singaporeans with outstanding traffic summons and arrest warrants issued by the courts will be barred from exiting the country, said Bukit Aman Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Department (JSPT) director Datuk Mat Kasim Karim.
According to Mat Kasim, there is 108,757 traffic summons issued to Singaporean motorists between 2016 to 2021 to date that has yet to be paid by Singaporeans.
“JSPT reminds Singaporean traffic offenders with outstanding Pol 170A or Pol 257 summons can be prevented from leaving Malaysia under Section 66J of the Road Transport Act 1987 and Section 24(4) of the Police Act 1967.”
“Should the offender have an outstanding warrant, they will be arrested and be charged in court. If the offender cannot be charged on the same day, they will be detained if they fail to bring forward a Malaysian citizen bailor,” he was quoted saying by Harian Metro.
Mat Kasim also said that enforcement operations are continuously being conducted to track down Singaporean motorists who break the law in Malaysia.
In the meantime, he denied that the issue of outstanding summonses is due to the department’s fault and said that the police didn’t have the address of the offenders to post the summons to them as among the issue that the cops are facing.
He also did not rule out that some of the vehicles involved in the summon cases had been disposed of as per Singapore’s law.
Mat Kasim also welcomed the move to implement the Road Charge and Vehicle Entry Permit by the Road by the Road Transport Department (RTD) as it will help the traffic department to identify offenders.
“The system will record entry and details of Singapore vehicles to Malaysia as well as any outstanding summons, reducing the issue of unpaid traffic summons,’ Mat Kasim said.
Additionally, JSPT is using the iCOPS vehicle number plate identification system to trace traffic offenders as well as tracing vehicles reported missing or stolen, including cloned vehicles.
“The In-Car Radar system will also be used to detect speeding, with on-the-spot summons issued,” Mat Kasim said.