Bruneians second highest offenders

|     Azlan Othman     |

BRUNEIAN drivers have the second highest number of overdue traffic summonses for foreign drivers on Malaysian roads with 40,101 in 2014-2018 and 21 arrest warrants issued, according to Bukit Aman Police Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Department Director Deputy Commissioner (DCP) Datuk Azisman Alias.

Singaporean drivers have the highest number of overdue traffic summonses compared to those from other neighbouring countries.

There were 136,601 overdue traffic summonses and 2,131 arrest warrants issued to Singaporeans in 2014-2018.

“Brunei is second with 40,101 overdue summonses, while Thailand is third with 24,651 and Indonesia 1,772,” said DCP Datuk Azisman at a press conference in Bukit Aman, Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday.

“A total of 1,680 overdue arrest warrants have also been recorded for Thai drivers and 21 Indonesian drivers.”

DCP Datuk Azisman said a special operation was conducted on July 12-14 in Kedah, Perlis and Perak to address the issue.

“A total of 3,460 cars were inspected and 1,649 summonses were settled. The department also collected RM291,190 in compounds,” he said.

He added that this type of operation would be conducted continually, to reduce the amount of overdue summonses.

“We hope the operation will get foreign offenders to settle their summonses and not repeat their mistakes while visiting the country,” he said.

He added that they were in favour of implementing a system similar to Singapore, where foreign vehicles with outstanding summons are denied entry.

Over RM30 million from 240,501 summonses that have been issued to foreign drivers since 2014 are yet to be settled, while 4,110 overdue arrest warrants have been recorded involving foreign drivers in Malaysia. The operation at Malaysia’s Northern Territories targetted Thai traffic offenders entering and exiting several control posts there.

In February this year, Sarawak police issued a warning to Brunei drivers to settle their outstanding summonses, or risk legal action.

The Sarawak Traffic Investigations and Enforcement Department said the operation is carried out at the Malaysia-Brunei border area in Miri and Limbang, to nab errant drivers.

Brunei drivers account for 52,000 outstanding summonses since 2008.