Bukit Aman: Singaporeans Must Clear Traffic Fines Or Be Barred From Leaving Malaysia

If traffic offenders also have an arrest warrant status, they will be charged in court immediately.

Cover image via AFP via Bloomberg & Roslin Mat Tahir/New Straits Times

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Singaporeans are generally viewed as well behaved people, considering all the strict laws the island nation enforces.

But that apparently isn't true once they enter Malaysia.

There are 108,757 traffic summonses issued between 2016 and 2021 that have yet to be cleared by Singaporeans, according to Bukit Aman Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Department (JSPT) director Datuk Mat Kasim Karim.

Singaporean traffic offenders risk getting arrested and will not be allowed to leave Malaysia, if they have any outstanding fines or an arrest warrant status summons.

"If the traffic offender has a summons with the status of an arrest warrant, the police will arrest the traffic offender and charge him in court immediately," he said in a statement on Thursday, 7 April.

Mat Kasim noted that there were a few challenges to issue summonses to traffic offenders from Singapore

"These outstanding summonses are also due to the failure to submit a summons notice to traffic offenders because they do not have an address to enable the summonses to be posted to them," he was quoted as saying by Bernama.

"There is also a possibility that the vehicles involved have been disposed of as they have reached the lifespan allowed, based on the law of the country (Singapore)." 

The department has improved enforcement equipment so that traffic offenders who have uncleared traffic fines and arrest warrants can be easily detected

One example is the digital in-car radar and Intelligent Compound Online Payment System (iCOPS), which is linked to the department's database, that can detect lost or reported stolen vehicles, and even clone vehicles.

Mat Kasim added that the system, installed in patrol vehicles, can be used to crack down on errant drivers and issue summonses on the spot.

Image via Harian Metro

Meanwhile, a Singaporean Tesla owner is being probed for using the autopilot feature as he travelled around Malaysia:

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