Nasty surprise for driver of used car - old fines
A WOMAN who drove her second-hand car into Malaysia on Saturday was stopped by the Malaysian traffic police - over outstanding fines believed to have been incurred by the vehicle's previous owner.
The police impounded her vehicle while she returned to Singapore for proof of her vehicle's registration to clear her name, evening daily Lianhe Wanbao reported yesterday.
Li Meixiang had driven her daughter to Kluang, Johor, in the morning to consult a traditional Chinese medicine practitioner on her daughter's cold.
The 55-year-old housewife told Wanbao that her husband had bought the Mercedes two years ago, along with an old licence plate number beginning with the letters E and L.
When Ms Li was returning to Singapore at about noon, she was stopped at the last rest point before the Tuas Checkpoint. Police officers were seen directing vehicles to the rest point.
"I saw more than 100 Singapore cars stopped there. Some 20 Singapore car owners were paying fines. There were even people who paid for about 20 fines," said Ms Li.
When the police checked her vehicle, they found six outstanding speeding fines incurred between 2004 and 2007 linked to it.
But Ms Li claimed that she had never flouted any traffic laws during her monthly trips to Johor.
One of the speeding tickets indicated that the vehicle had covered 50km in just 13 minutes.
"The traffic police said that if I paid the fines then, I could pay just RM70 (S$25) per speeding ticket instead of RM150, so that's RM420 for six tickets," she added.
Ms Li tried to explain to the police that the car was second-hand, but the police did not believe her and said they would impound the vehicle until she produced her vehicle's registration documentation.
She and her daughter managed to return home to Boon Lay when a Singaporean they met at a nearby petrol station offered them a ride.
The housewife eventually retrieved her car after returning to the rest stop at 4pm on the same day and showing the police her vehicle registration details.
She requested the Malaysian traffic police remove the speeding offences from her records, but was rejected on the grounds that records had to be kept even if the offences had been incurred by the previous owner.
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