KUALA LUMPUR: The fine under the Automated Enforcement System (AES) has been fixed at RM150, said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.
He dismissed rumours the Government was going to cancel some 1.6 million summonses which were issued to offenders under the AES when it was first introduced in 2012.
“We are not going to quash the summonses. They have to pay. But from now on it will be RM150,” he said at the Parliament lobby yesterday.
Offences captured under the AES are speeding and beating traffic lights. Those who fail to pay will be blacklisted and will not be allowed to renew their driving licences, said Liow.
The AES has been integrated into the new Automated Awareness Safety System (Awas), which combines the cameras with a Demerit Point System (Kejara).
The Road Transport (Amendment) Bill was passed in May and allowed the Government to implement Awas.
Under Awas, motorists start with 20 points each and a driving licence is revoked once all the points are gone.
The Government earlier rolled out 40 AES cameras in 14 areas when it was first implemented in 2012, but Liow said there will no longer be a fixed number of cameras under Awas.
“We will implement it in stages over a few years under the request of certain local governments and communities. Like my area, if there is speeding, they can request to put a camera there.
“So it is more friendly and it’s all under the request of the public to reduce accidents in accident-prone areas,” he said.
The Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (Miros) reported that traffic light violations decreased by 1.23% a year and 2.2% within six months since the AES cameras were installed.
AES cameras are currently placed in the Klang Valley and Perak.
The system drew controversy in 2012 when the contract was awarded to two companies that were alleged to have taken a profitable cut from every summons issued.
Allegations were also raised that the companies did not win the contracts through open tender.
Liow said this will not happen with new operator Lembaga Tabung Angkatan Tentera, which he said will only be paid on a service of contract basis.
“If they put up the camera and they maintain it, that will be the cost they charge,” he said.