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    Dec 29, 2014

    Johor acts on foreign motorists with unpaid summonses


    TRAFFIC police in Johor began an operation on Saturday to clamp down on foreign-registered vehicles with outstanding summonses.

    Superintendent Roslan Ali said that the crackdown - which began at 8am and involved some 200 traffic police staff - was aimed at weeding out foreign vehicles with summonses for offences such as illegal parking, speeding and the running of red lights.

    He added that foreign motorists found to have outstanding summonses must pay up or face being arrested and charged in court, Oriental Daily News reported.

    The crackdown covers Jalan Tebrau (towards Kota Tinggi), the Eastern Dispersal Link highway in Pandan (towards Singapore's Woodlands) and the Second Link Bridge in Tanjung Kupang (towards Singapore's Tuas), The Sun Daily reported.

    Supt Roslan said the operation was also aimed at raising awareness of traffic rules among foreign motorists.

    This development comes on the back of a warning issued by the Malaysian government earlier this month that it would arrest foreigners who have not paid their traffic fines.

    Malaysian traffic police chief Fuad Abdul Latiff said at a press conference on Dec 10 that the "police will conduct operations soon at various road entry points to detect these errant motorists".

    He told The Straits Times later that plans to nab foreigners with unpaid fines and warrants of arrest "are not happening" until a new system at entry points to Malaysia has been agreed upon with other agencies, including the Immigration Department.

    According to a Straits Times report, apart from the 313,661 summonses for Singapore-registered vehicles still outstanding, 4,621 arrest warrants have been issued against repeat offenders from Singapore.

    The traffic summonses, which cost between RM150 (S$57) and RM300 for speeding and parking offences, can be paid online or at Malaysian post offices and police stations.

    But many Singaporeans appear to have largely ignored them as there were few legal repercussions - until this latest operation by the Johor authorities.