Move to re­duce AES fines

> RM150 dis­count to help clear 2.5 mil­lion out­stand­ing sum­monses

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY SHAHRIM TAMRIN

PU­TRA­JAYA: Amend­ments to the law to re­duce traf­fic fines un­der the Au­to­mated En­force­ment Sys­tem (AES) from RM300 to RM150 will be tabled in Par­lia­ment in March next year.

It is also likely that the much awaited Ke­jara de­merit points sys­tem may only kick off af­ter the new leg­is­la­tion for AES is gazetted and in­cor­po­rated into the Aware­ness Au­to­mated Safety Sys­tem (AWAS).

Deputy Trans­port Min­is­ter Datuk Aziz Kaprawi told theSun that the law re­vi­sion was im­por­tant for the sec­ond phase of AES.

“This is also to stan­dard­ise the traf­fic fines is­sued by traf­fic cops into the Ke­jara de­merit points,” he said.

theSun un­der­stands that the Ke­jara sys­tem will also in­volve in­te­gra­tion of traf­fic sum­monses is­sue by the Land Pub­lic Trans­port Com­mis­sion, Road Trans­port De­part­ment and po­lice.

Aziz con­firmed that the RM150 fixed amount an­nounced by Trans­port Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai last week was merely a com­pound dis­count for traf­fic of­fend­ers to set­tle 2.5 mil­lion out­stand­ing AES is­sued sum­monses since 2012.

“This dis­count of­fer be­gins now, for the next six months. Af­ter that pe­riod, those who still refuse to pay will be hauled up to court,” Aziz said.

He is also not rul­ing out a pro­posal to the At­tor­ney­Gen­eral’s Cham­ber to set up a spe­cial court to clear the back­log of AES cases ac­cu­mu­lated in the past four years.

Aziz was clear­ing the air on the con­fu­sion over the lat­est move by the min­istry in re­la­tion to Sec­tion 79 (2) of the Road Trans­port Act 1987 for AES of­fences.

The cur­rent penalty, upon con­vic­tion, is a fine of not less than RM300 and not more than RM2,000 un­der Act 1440, that was last amended in 2012.

The mat­ter came to light af­ter AES Protest Sec­re­tar­iat chair­man Zul­hazmi Shar­iff ques­tioned Liow’s an­nounce­ment on the fixed amount of RM150.

Zul­hazmi pointed out that the RM300 fine still re­mains un­changed for speed­ing and red light-run­ning of­fences un­der AES, “un­til present reg­u­la­tion is amended”.

“The trans­port min­is­ter stated that the Cabi­net has agreed to re­duce the fine to RM150. Is Sec­tion 79 (2) of the Act al­ready amended? I don’t think so.”

On a re­lated mat­ter, Aziz said the Trans­port Min­istry has yet to de­cide on the num­ber of safety cam­eras and the lo­ca­tions for phase two of AES.

BERNAMAPIX

An AES cam­era on the South Klang Val­ley Ex­press­way, that links Kuala Lumpur to Pu­tra­jaya.

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