Automated Enforcement System (AES) has now been launch in Malaysia and according to Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein, a major decision will be made after Hari Raya 2013 on the matter.

For those who have zero knowledge of what the AES is, basically, it is to nab motorists for speeding and beating traffic lights, together with other common traffic violations such as:-

i. Overtaking at double lines
ii. Overtaking on the left
iii. Que cutting
iv. Using mobile phones whilst driving
v. Not wearing seat belts

The AES has been awarded to 2 private companies for its implementation. The Jabatan Pengangkutan Jalan (JPJ) says, Ates Sdn Bhd and Bina Tegap Sdn Bhd are responsible for the above system.

Regarding the AES, the Deputy Transport Minister, reiterated to the Dewan Rakyat, only the Road Transport Department (RTD) will issue summonses to errant motorists after verifications have been made.

Further information on the AES, say that cameras which are installed at traffic light junctions to deter motorists attempting to beat or jump traffic lights, will have ample signboards placed 50 to 500 meters from the traffic lights itself.

In the case of cameras that are used to record speeding cases, warning signs are erected 2 or 3 kilometers away to warn motorists of impending JPJ actions. Motorists cannot therefore claim that they have not been given ample warnings.

One further information, I would like to provide to readers, is that the authorities say, a 10% difference in speeds recorded is permitted. As compared to conventional speedtraps, which gives no such allowances.

As of September 2012, AES cameras are already installed at 14 locations throughout the country. For a start, these cameras will only be used in Selangor, Perak, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya.

The camera locations, according to the authorities, can be checked via website www.jpj.gov.my.

Where in fact are the AES cameras currently located, readers may wish to know?

In Selangor, for instance, cameras are installed at:

a. Jalan Ipoh
b. Jalan Klang Lama
c. KM 6.6 Kajang/Puchong (Speed 90kmh)
d. Kajang at KM 301.9 (Speed 90kmh)
e. Sungai Besi at KM 7.7 (Speeed 80kmh)

In Perak, cameras can be located at:

a. KM 7 Jalan Maharajalela, Teluk Intan (Speed 90kmh)
b. KM 376 Lebuh PLUS, Slim River (Speed 110kmh)
c. KM 91 Jalan Ipoh-Butterworth, Kerian (Speed 60kmh)
d. KM 85.5 Jalan Ipoh- Kuala Lumpur, Tapah (Speed 90kmh)
e. KM 26 Jalan Ipoh- Kuala Kangsar, Sg. Siput
f. Jalan Pasir Putih, Ipoh (near TNB)
g. KM 205.6, Taiping Utara (Speed 110kmh)

In Putrajaya, readers are advised to be careful when driving along:

a. Jalan Persiaran Timur, Putrajaya (Speed 80kmh)
b. Jalan Lebuh Sentosa, Putrajaya (Speed 70kmh)

All in all, although 14 cameras are currently being employed in the AES, 10 are intended to nab those who break the speed limit. A camera will be installed at traffic light junctions to arrest motorists who beat the traffic lights.

Finally, motorists who transgress the road traffic violations can expect to receive their summonses from the Road Transport Department within 1 week.

All traffic violations will be cross-checked thoroughly at the Computer Center of the AES with JPJ. Records available before summonses are sent out.All summonses will have to be paid within one month of its being issued.

The AES has been reported to have made a positive impact since its inception. According to reliable sources, 50 motorists were reported to have been caught beating the red lights at KM 28 Jalan Ipoh-Kuala Lumpur in Sungai Siput, on the first three days of its inception.

I hope that when all 815 cameras under the AES is fully operational, the country will see the total number of traffic violations and accidents reduced. This will augur well for the country.