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Road Tax Expired? Here Are 7 Ways to Avoid Getting ‘Saman’

Updated 08 Jan 2021 – By Nisya Aziz

Maybe you forgot, too busy or procrastinating, but that doesn’t stop you from driving/riding here, there and everywhere with your expired road tax like nobody’s business - so gangster. But let’s face it, deep down inside you have this worry that the police won’t spot it and write you a summon. 

If you’re one of these people that need inspiration, here are some useful tips to help you avoid getting a love letter from popo. Not that we’re condoning this behaviour, but we understand what a ‘saman’ can do to your wallet.


First, avoid the JPJ/ Police Roadblock.

1. Travel during raining/ rush hour

You might think that this is a bad idea, but seriously, no policeman is gung-ho enough to do a roadblock during raining or peak hours unless they’re the overachiever, which is not the case here. And yes, we’re not going to debate about the fact that it can be annoying, but this is just one of the things you have to do.

2. Take the highway

Many of us prefer to not use the highway because we don’t want to pay extra for the convenience or for the lack of a better word, CHEAPSKATE. It’s very rare (almost never) for the police to do a roadblock at the highway, so if you want to save yourself from getting summon, you need to make this sacrifice - you can’t have everything, you know. 

3. Avoid driving at night before big events

Big events here means major concerts, festive celebrations, new year or national day eve - you get the gist. More often than not, this is when the police will “cari makan”, so to speak. Also, the traffic would be bad, so why would you, right? However, if you still need to go out and drive, see point 4 and 5.

4. Check your Waze/Info Roadblock JPJ/Polis FB page

We feel everyone knows that Waze not only helps you to get from point A to point B, but also lets you know if the traffic is bad, if there’s an accident along the way, and most importantly - if there’s a police checkpoint or roadblock on the way to your destination. With this, you’re able to plan your journey ahead. You can also check this kind of information by joining Info Roadblock JPJ/Polis facebook page. 


Oh no, there’s a JPJ/Police Roadblock! What now?

5. Admit that you’re wrong

Okay, you must be thinking, “Why would I put myself at risk?”. Well, let’s not forget, you’re already at risk of getting the summon when you decided to delay your road tax renewal. The point is that sometimes by admitting that you’re wrong (do it politely), you might get away without the ‘saman’. It’s even better if you can spice it up with point 6. That being said, bear in mind that this tactic depends on your luck.

MORE: Types of Saman in Malaysia... and How to Settle Lah?

6. Put your acting skill to use

We believe that everyone can be an actor, especially when it comes to this situation. It’s a fight-or-flight response. The excuses that you come up with a tinge of a sob story can be very helpful. Remember, it needs to be realistic and convincing enough so you can actually get a second chance. Here’s an example:


7. Give ‘Duit Kopi’

Bribing is the most popular method to solve any problems. This has also become a norm here in Malaysia. You either ask the police, “Boleh settle ke bang?” or the police ask you, “So, camne nak settle ni?”. If both mutually agree, then you proceed with a handshake that is filled with money or put the money underneath the license - settled. We hope you don’t have to do this because IT’S A CRIME and immoral. Have some dignity and accept the summon if all fails.


BONUS: Just renew your road tax ASAP!

We get it, you’re a busy bee, but let’s be a responsible citizen and make take time for it. Nowadays, you no longer need to go to JPJ office to renew your road tax - you can ask a ‘runner’ to do it for you or better yet, do it online, bruh! Loanstreet just launched an insurance portal to help motorcyclists and drivers purchase/renew their insurance as well as road tax in one platform. Give it a try! Once done, you can be at peace.

Anyway, have you done any of these tricks before? If you have any other ways to avoid getting a ‘saman’, do share with us on our FB comment box. Also, if you enjoyed this article, please share it so that others can find it too.

Have a nice day and don’t forget to renew your insurance & road tax! 

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