Malaysian motorists, especially errant road users, kindly take note. The authorities, which includes the Police, the Road Transport Department and others responsible for road safety has announced the A.E.S. which has been planned for quite some time now, has finally arrived.
It has now been announced, that the above system has been implemented, as from the 23rd September 2012. Initially, 14 Blackspots areas will see the implementation of cameras there. Its mission is to nab or arrest drivers and riders who fancy breaking the speed limit and beating traffic lights.
Using cameras and CCTV gadgets in controlling or recording traffic offences is not something new. It has in fact been used in other countries like Singapore, the United States, England and Europe. The results are encouraging.
Malaysian authorities now feel, that the rising incidents and deaths on our roads are now becoming alarmingly staggering. Some concrete steps should ideally be taken to prevent the situation from becoming worse.
Below are 11 pertinent questions which readers might want answered regarding the A.E.S.
1. Initially, where will the A.E.S. be implemented?
It will be put into action in Selangor, Perak, Putrajaya and also Kuala Lumpur.
2. How many cameras will be used in the initial stages?
14 altogether. 10 are supposed to nab drivers for speeding. 4 will be used to take action upon those breaking traffic lights violations.
3. Will the A.E.S. system be implemented throughout our country eventually?
The authorities say, there exists 817 black spots where the majority of accidents take place. During the 2nd phase of implementation, it is expected that the entire nation will be covered.
4. Can motorists check whether they have violated or been caught by these surveillance cameras under the A.E.S. system?
Definitely yes! Do not be unduly worried. Go to www.jpj.gov.my, you can get your queries answered there.
5. Would motorists be able to check upon where the A.E.S. is being implemented initially?
Motorists are advised to refer to the above mentioned website. From it, you can well gather information of where the operations are being conducted. Through knowing the locations, drivers can behave more responsibly and drive according to the law. Thus the number of road accidents will decrease. And we also hope that the government’s objectives of reducing fatal accidents will be achieved.
6. How should Malaysian motorists view the A.E.S?
The road Transport Department wants motorists to consider the implementation of this system as a mode of educating road users. It is not, as many suspect, to give clout or power to the JPJ or Police to issue summons to wrong doers. That is from being our intention!
7. Will there be warning signs erected in places where automated cameras are fixed?
The answer is YES! Like always, warning signs for speeding are normally erected 2-3 kilometers before the cameras are placed. For those beating traffic lights, usually warning notices are placed approximately 50-100 meters from traffic lights.
8. Where are the photographs and pictures captured on A.E.S. cameras forwarded?
They are forwarded to the A.E.S. Control Center. Vehicle registration numbers of offenders are cross checked rigorously with our data particulars of JPJ records. Only them, all summonses issued.
9. What if photographs taken do not match with registration particulars supplied by JPJ records, what then?
Where the driver is found not to be owner of a vehicle, when the offence was said to have occurred, owners can submit the offender’s particulars within 30 days.
10. What if offenders wish to contest the offence said to have been committed?
Well, it’s easy. Come to the courts at the time and day specified in the summons. It is as simple as that.
11. And finally, what should drivers who have received summons of their infringements should they receive their notices of summons?
Feel free to call A.E.S. Control Center. The contact number is 03-78464400 for Perak and 03-76288268 for residents of Kuala Lumpur, Selangor and Putrajaya.
It should be remembered that as from 23rd of September 2012, drivers are advised to be more disciplined and be patient. The A.E.S. is in its process of implementation. Restrain yourself. If you see the traffic lights turning amber, get ready to stop.
Beating the lights will cause you to be nabbed. The cost of it may turn out to be rather expensive. I am almost certain that the vast majority of Malaysian drivers will want to avoid getting summons if they can help it. After all, getting summoned as one knows, can be an very costly affair.
Incidentally, in case you do not know, beating the traffic light is a RM300 fine! So also, is offences for speeding too.
The Malaysian Driving School Blog churns out articles connected with the field of driving, especially in Malaysia.
But as a person who loves to write, it’s only natural that from time to time, I would like to write upon other incidences which have occurred to me as a driving school instructor. As reiterated many times over, this instructor has been tutoring students for well over 42 years already.
Most of the articles which I write upon, are infact true life stories. Stories which I personally had experienced in my younger days. In my opinion, such tales should infact be written down and if possible, printed in my blog.
Such beautiful and touching reminences, if they are not shared with my blog readers, would tantamount to being a sheer waste indeed.
Today’s touching heart rendering and compassionate tale, I am attempting to relate, is in my opinion, not an easy story to write upon. In reality, this article, You May Not Have Shoes, But Do Not Forget There Are Many Who Have No Feet is infact based upon a short story told to our class, while we were in Form One and just only 13 or 14 years then, by our English Language teacher, Mr. James Pandian.
Permit me to relate to you the tale of an interesting story which Mr. Pandian once told us. As the story unfolds, there was once a very poor boy. As the Chinese New Year celebrations approached, the boy complained to his parents that he had no new shoes.
His mother, who was a very wise old lady, told his son, “Son, you might not have any new shoes, but don’t forget, there are others in this world who are more unfortunate than you. They have no feet.”
Coming back to today’s story or article, in the Ten Commandments, it is said, Thou Shall Not Gamble. In Islam, gambling is considered as being haram or forbidden. The Chinese have a popular saying, if you are a Chinese and you do not gamble, then you are not a real Chinese.
I am of Chinese descent. To tell my readers that I’m not into gambling, would amount to telling you a lie. The fact is, I do occasionally like to dabble in a game of toto, 4 digits and a game of cards. After all, I’m but only a Chinese. But I don’t play mahjong anyway.
A few years ago, to be exact, two or three years back, I went to a nearby 4 digits betting agent in town. I had parked my car a few steps from a popular betting shop. Like all gamblers, I was amongst the many people trying their luck to strike it rich or poorer that particular day. Well, nothing spectacular about that, you might say!
Before disembarking from my vehicle, what I witnessed that particular day, totally altered my concept about gambling.
On the corridor to the betting shop, I saw an Indian boy, about 13 years old, in a wheel chair. He was infact a crippled, an OKU (Orang Kurang Upaya) to be exact. He was I gather, a thalidomide victim. The person whom I saw, infact had no arms at all.
In place of normal arms or limbs, the Indian boy had only small fin-like protrusions, at his armpits. But what surprised me most of all, was this crippled boy looked so serene, smiling and contented.
What I saw after that, nearly brought tears to my eyes. And what I saw the crippled boy did, really amazed me! The crippled boy had a packet of nasi bungkus, (a packet of rice) which was placed upon his shoulders. Using only his mouth, this boy slowly worked in getting the packet of rice opened up. It took the boy quite a few minutes before he finally succeeded in getting the packet of rice opened.
What a struggle indeed it was! Trying to feed himself without the helping of his hands but only the nape of his neck and his chin, was more than I could bear to see. It was indeed a pitiful and touching sight.
One that I had never before witnessed. As I said earlier, this incident, believe me, almost broke my heart. And then it crossed my mind, how could human beings, who like me, are wholesome and Blessed by the great Lord almighty, with normal hands and legs, with good eyesight and health, can be so selfish as to be aiming for further wealth and luxuries in life by indulging in gambling?
That afternoon, after witnessing what I saw that day, I finally decided to abort my attempts to purchase 4 digits numbers. I felt, I should no longer gamble.
I told myself, that infact we should be thankful that God has blessed us as normal human beings. And that we should be thankful for what has been given to us thus far.
As my English Language teacher told us years ago, You may have no shoes my boy, but don’t ever forget, there are less unfortunate people in this world who do not possess any feet at all.
This eye-opening tale has played a great role in altering my view regarding material things in life. We should be satisfied with what we already have. After all, there are lots of people who are in worse off positions than we are!
Think about it carefully and in the process, who knows, you will eventually end up to be a better human being after all! If that happens, then the message of this heart touching tale of mine, would be deemed to have been successful!
It has taken me three years to write out today’s story. I am not a writer at all. Only a driving school instructor, with many years of experience. To get the exact and correct words to describe to you explicitly what I intend to say has been extremely difficult. If you have enjoyed reading it and it has touched your heart, then, I’ve been successful.
A few readers of this blog has written in to me to enquire, What is form S.M.4 in the driving school circles?
As a matter of fact, I initially wanted only to write on it in Bahasa Malaysia, which is the official language of our country, Malaysia. But considering the fact that this document is used rather extensively by all driving schools and institutes throughout the country, therefore it has been decided I write an article in the English language for the benefit of all English language readers of this blog.
What actually is Form S.M.4?
According to the rules and regulations of the Road Transport Department (RTD) Schedule 11, (Article 34 (1) ) it is stipulated it is necessary to use this form. It is in reality, a record of a Student’s Particulars.
Potential students who wish to take up a course in driving, first and foremost have to fill up this important form.
What are the particulars that are necessary to be filled up into this form?
Form S.M.4 makes it essential to contain the below mentioned particulars such as:
1. A student’s particulars.
To be provided are particulars such as name, address, sex, age and identity card number.
2. Particulars of learner’s driver’s license or LDL
To be filled are particulars regarding LDL (Learner’s Driver’s License) after a candidate has passed the Highway Code or Undang-undang Jalanraya and issued with an L driver’s license, will have to be given. Important particulars such as:-
i. Class of license
ii. License number
iii. Validity of license
iv. Date of when the Highway Code was passed
v. Validity of the dates when the Highway Code was passed and its expiry date
This is referred to as Part I of the driving procedures. The above particulars are normally filled in by either the student or the instructor himself.
3. Particulars of Part I.
The Form S.M.4 is in reality used when the student first attends the 6 hour Theory Course. The above course comprises 3 hours theory lesson in the class, followed by another 3 hour practical course under an instructor.
Part I, which is conducted in the class, (Kod A1, A2, A3, A4 and A5) encompasses 1½ hours. Part II (Kod B1, B2, B3, B4 and B5) will take another 1 hour and ½ more. Both students and the instructor will have to sign this form duly.
Finally, the second half of this 6 hour course, which is conducted outside the class, will provide practical instructions to students. Both the students and the instructor will have to sign this form acknowledging the authenticity of the student’s and the instructor’s attend once.
4. Particulars regarding Part II of a student’s attendance.
In this section, a ‘record will be made of the number of times a student learns. According to norms, a student is expected to learn at least 10 times minimum lessons. This will be certified by the instructor as well as the student too.
The total number of times a student learns, will then be attested by a Chief Instructor of the driving institute. In normal circumstances, the officer conducting the Q.T.I. or pretest exam will be the one to certify this particular part of the Form S.M.4.
5. Part III: Attestment to be made by officer conducting the Q.T.I exam or the pretest exam.
As mentioned earlier, this part is the pre-test exam. A pretest (Q.T.I.) officer will conduct a test upon a student on:
i. Ascending a slope
ii. Side parking test
iii. 3 point turn maneuvers
Finally, the pretest test exam ends with Part III or Road test.
In Malaysia, it is necessary for a student taking up a driving course to learn at least 10 hours of tuition. A Q.T.I. officer will be the one who will certify if a student is qualified to undergo a practical test which will be conducted by the JPJ on a later date.
There are students who ask of me, if it is necessary for one who is transferring to another state to bring along their S.M.4 form. Definitely, it is of the most importance that one brings along the S.M.4!
Due to the fact that a rather elaborate explanation has been given to question of Form S.M.4 in this article, I therefore feel that in future, no further questions on it will again be raised.