Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai announced yesterday (15th November) that the Automated Enforcement System (AES) cameras, which was “temporarily suspended” since 18th December 2012, are back in operation.
He also told reporters that the summonses under the AES is fixed at RM150 instead of RM300, adding that there are currently 40 AES cameras installed in the Klang Valley and Perak.
“Motorists caught on AES will only have to pay RM150 for each summons. We will not scrap any summonses, even those dating back 4 years ago,” said Liow.
Those who failed to settle their summonses would be blacklisted and will not be permitted to renew their licences and road taxes. According to The Malay Mail, this would see a collection of some half a billion ringgit worth of summonses for the over 1.6 million traffic offences committed.
He added, “The new cameras will be placed at accident-prone areas, taking into consideration the requests made by local governments and public. This way, it is more accurate rather than just placing it everywhere”.
The aim of the operation was to save lives and Liow said that the cameras helped reduced the number of accidents drastically. The AES was introduced in September 2012 and due to strong public objection, the system was “temporarily suspended” 3 months later.