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Monday, February 28, 2011

Last-minute rush to settle summonses

Last-minute rush to settle summonses

PETALING JAYA: Frantic motorists thronged police stations and post offices nationwide to pay and avoid having their names blacklisted by the Road Transport Department.

Many more are expected to clear their summonses today as the deadline to settle traffic summonses at a discount ends today.

MyEG managing director Wong Thean Soon said had processed around 150,000 to 200,000 payment transactions a day over the last few days.

“We also received around 500,000 summons checking requests a day for the past week.”
People waiting to pay traffic summonses at the general post office at Downing Street, George Town.

Bernama reported that post offices in the Klang Valley were well patronised yesterday.

A survey it conducted showed that the Taman Melawati post office was among the most packed. It was not so crowded at the Mindef post office, however.

However, it said that gaining access to the police, Myeg, and an interactive e-government website, Rilek eService was difficult due to heavy traffic.

The situation is expected to persist until 5pm today with traffic offenders expected to settle their summonses by credit cards or by debiting their accounts.

The police website posted a note, notifying motorists that the servers were running at maximum capacity and urged them to get back after 6pm if they have difficulties in checking their summons details.

Assistant administrative officer Indra Shafawan, 30, took the opportunity to pay RM50 - reduced from RM100 - for a parking offence committed at the KLIA in Sepang.

Security officer Azman Zainol, 26, said he only learned about the post offices being open through the newspapers yesterday morning.

He wasted no time going to the Taman Melawati post office to settle a traffic summons.

Clerk Anwar Lutin, 34, said that he decided to go to the Mindef post office when he learned that it was very crowded at Taman Melawati.

"I saw on the afternoon TV news that it was very crowded at Taman Melawati. So I came here (the Mindef post office)," he said.

Those who do not settle their summonses before today’s deadline will be blacklisted, barring them from renewing their driving licences and road tax.

From tomorrow, motorists will have to pay the full summons fine if they want their names removed from the blacklist.

In JOHOR BARU, the general post office saw more than 3,000 traffic offenders rushing to settle their summonses yesterday.

Supervisor Mohd Fauzan Ibrahim said four counters were opened to accommodate the crowd.

“There were a total of 2,100 people who turned up to settle their summonses on Saturday. On Friday there were 2,650,” he told The Star.

A check at the Johor Baru (South) traffic police depot also revealed a long queue of people.

In IPOH, however, the crowds were smaller.

A retired salesman, who wanted to be known as Ong, said there were fewer people at the police station compared to the past few days. However, Ong said, he had to wait for about two hours to settle his summonses.
At the post office, about 70 people waited their turn to pay.

In PENANG, some 300 people paid their traffic summonses at five counters at the general post office in Downing Street, George Town, from 8.30am to 5pm.

Many motorists also headed to the post offices in Tesco Penang, Queensbay Mall and Carrefour in Seberang Jaya.

Among those at the Downing Street post office was M. Lingeshwaren, 23.

He said he had waited six hours on Saturday at the Bayan Lepas police station, but still failed to settle his fines.

“I came at 10.30am. The queue here is much shorter,” he said.

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