The Jabatan Pengangkutan Jalan (JPJ) has immense headaches regarding the high rate of accidents in our country, Malaysia today. Besides organizing safety campaigns, or Op Sikap campaigns during festivals such as Hari Raya, Chinese New Year, Deepavali and Christmas, J.P.J. made an announcement about the Automated Enforcement System (A.E.S.) sometime in mid of 2010.

Under the A.E.S., busy traffic lights and heavily traffic congested areas especially in Johore Baru, Penang, Petaling Jaya and Kuala Lumpur, are to be scrutinised by surveillance cameras or CCTV.

In fact, the Transport Ministry, if I remember clearly, the above system was scheduled to be launched by September 2010 at the latest. What has happened to the A.E.S. anyway? Has it be solved, readers may wish to inquire?

In one of my earlier articles in this blog, a mention was made regarding the use of pyramids by the Road Transport Department of the state of Bombay, India, I think to minimize the high rate of road accidents down there.

Regarding the Automated Enforcement System or A.E.S., the Transport Ministry again made an announcement about it just a few years ago. It appears that the above Ministry is in the process of finalizing the contract with companies which will be involved in the implementation of the A.E.S. For readers information, the A.E.S. is scheduled to use high speed cameras in its project.

The Deputy Minister of the Transport Ministry, Datuk Abdul Rahim Bakri told Parliament about this recently. It appears that the high speed surveillance cameras will only be installed only upon the completion of the agreement. Datuk Rahim also reiterated that the A.E.S. will only be enforced 6 months after the contract agreement has been completed.

As such, the public has to bear with the delay for a few months longer. We could therefore safely say that the A.E.S. will only see its appearance in 2012 or later.

For readers’ information, the A.E.S. will be like all other things outsourced. The R.T.D. (Road Transport Department) or the J.P.J. (Jabatan Pengangkutan Jalan) does not seem capable of handling such a large scheme. It is said that the private company or provider of the system will be responsible for the system’s upgrading, maintenance, and installation of cameras.

Datuk Rahim also explained to Parliament that even though the A.E.S. was being outsourced to a service provider, nevertheless, photographs which will be used as evidences for speeding offences as well as other related traffic offences will be first of all be verified by the Road Transport Department before it is used.

Like the use of pyramids in Bombay, India, the A.E.S. is intended at reducing the high rate of road accidents which Malaysia is said to be experiencing today. The effectiveness of the A.E.S. has been proven to be very successful in countries like neighbouring Singapore and other foreign countries such as Europe, the United Kingdom as well as the United States.

The public eagerly awaits the implementation of the Automated Enforcement System. With its implementation by 2012, hopefully then, road accidents in this country will finally be reduced. With A.E.S., drivers are advised to think about and most important of all, abide by it or be summoned!

Gone will be the days where motorcyclists or motorists can beat the traffic light as and when they desire. The surveillance cameras at traffic light junctions and other busy areas in the city, will then record your irresponsible action and slap you with a summon which you truly deserve. Irresponsible motorists and road users, your days are in fact numbered! It is as they say, your “D” day has arrived.