Receiving traffic summons is never a good thing. And you are to settle the summons immediately. The longer you delay, the more it will cost you. With discounts that are frequently given out to traffic offenders, there is no reason to delay your payment. However, while the summon rates are quite standard, they might change on occasion without any official announcement. Thus, it is important to be aware of the offence you have committed before paying.
Traffic offences are divided into four main categories. However, certain offences do not appear as clear-cut. Here we share with you the Polis DiRaja Malaysia (PDRM) traffic summons categories and rates you need to know.
Offences under this category include speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol and using the emergency lane, to name a few. These are the primary causes of an accident, risking the safety of other road users and causing traffic congestion. The standard rate is RM300 for all vehicles (including motorcycles below 250cc) and all duration between 1 to 60 days of the issuance of the summons.
Offences under this category relate to the driver’s driving behaviour which contributes to congestion, accidents or danger to the public’s safety. No vehicles are excluded from this category. The offences are:
- Making an illegal U-turn
- Speeding not exceeding 40km/h of the allowed speed limit
- Stopping in the yellow box
- Driving past the red light
- Not wearing a seat belt
- Cutting queue
The general compound is RM150 for payment made within 15 days, RM200 between 16 to 30 days and RM300 between 30 and 60 days.
Offences for this category are the least serious. Although the fines might not be as heavy, they warrant similar consequences, however. The offences are:
- Faulty brake lights
- Failure to switch on headlights after 7pm
- Faulty side mirrors
The fines will be RM100 if paid within 15 days, RM50 between 15 and 30 days and RM250 between 30 and 60 days.
Offences under this category are those that indirectly contribute to accidents, congestions or danger to the public’s safety. The offences are:
- Expired driving license
- Failure to display ‘P’ plate
- Failure to update ownership of the vehicle
The rate starts at RM70 for first 15 days, RM120 between 16 and 30 days and RM150 between 16 and 30 days.
SPEEDING is common for all Tom, Dick and Harry. Before you accelerate further, check out the rates below:
- Exceeding 01 to 20km/h = RM130
- Exceeding 21 to 30km/h = RM150
- Exceeding 31 to 40km/h = RM180
- Exceeding 41 to 50km/h = RM200
- Exceeding 51 = more than RM200
- Failing to put on the seat belt – RM120
- Driving recklessly – RM150
- Dangerous Driving – maximum of RM300
Other Common Offences
- Those caught involved in illegal racing will be slapped with more than RM200 in summons. Your vehicle will be confiscated and you will be required to appear before the court.
- Those caught using their mobile phones while driving will be fined RM200 plus demerit points. Your phone will also be confiscated. Note that holding your phone when driving is illegal even if it is on loudspeaker.
- Those caught driving a car without a number plate (dropped or damaged) will be fined RM70. A stylish plate that does not meet the JPJ specifications is not excluded.
- Drunk driving is the most serious offence. The maximum fine is RM5000. Your driving license will be suspended and you could even be slapped with a jail term.
For every offence committed, certain demerit points will be incurred. The more serious the offence, the higher the demerit points will be. This is where the suspension period of your license will be determined.
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