‘No need to amend Act to re­duce AES fines’

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

PUTRAJAYA: There is no ne­ces­sity to amend the ex­ist­ing Road Trans­port Act 1987 to re­duce traf­fic fines un­der the Au­to­mated En­force­ment Sys­tem (AES), said Trans­port Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.

In clar­i­fy­ing a state­ment by Deputy Trans­port Min­is­ter Datuk Aziz Kaprawi on Mon­day, Liow said the fixed rate of RM150 fine for speed­ing and red lightrun­ning of­fences un­der AES is only a com­pound dis­count over a pe­riod of time.

“The power to of­fer com­pound for any of­fences un­der the Act, in­clud­ing AES, is within the ju­ris­dic­tion of the Road Trans­port Depart­ment di­rec­tor-gen­eral.

“He can set any com­pound amount deemed suit­able. So in this in­stance, we have de­cided that RM150 is the com­pound of­fer for of­fend­ers to set­tle AES sum­monses re­ceived in the past, at present and from this point for­ward with­out hav­ing to go to court,” he told theSun.

He said the RM300 min­i­mum fine un­der Sec­tion 79 (2) of the Act re­mains un­changed.

“The fine of not less than RM300 and not more than RM2,000 is on con­vic­tion by a court,” Liow said, adding that no law amend­ment was nec­es­sary to ini­ti­ate the fixed rate of RM150 com­pound.

He con­firmed that there will be a pe­riod of six months for traf­fic of­fend­ers to set­tle the 2.5 mil­lion out­stand­ing AES sum­monses.

“We will an­nounce soon when we will start this time frame (of six months) to pay the com­pound,” he said.

Liow also con­firmed that a spe­cial court is not re­quired to clear the colossal back­log of AES cases since 2012.

The mat­ter came to light when AES Protest Sec­re­tar­iat chair­man Zul­hazmi Shar­iff crit­i­cised Liow’s an­nounce­ment two weeks ago on the fixed amount of RM150.

Zul­hazmi had said the RM300 fine un­der AES is still ap­pli­ca­ble, “un­til present reg­u­la­tion is amended”.

In April, Aziz had an­nounced in Par­lia­ment that the pro­posal of RM150 com­pound was to co­or­di­nate the in­ter­a­gency sum­monses is­sued by RTD and po­lice for sim­i­lar of­fences.

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