Controversy continues over AES Gerakan Youth hopes MOT will clarify the “grey areas” Press statement by Gerakan Youth Secretary General Dr. Dominic Lau

In view of the plan to implement the AES system has since given rise to incessant controversy, despite the Transport Minister Dato' Seri Kong Cho Ha has repeatedly stressed that the plan introduced by the government is not meant for both the companies to make a profit, all the expenses are borne by the two companies who are responsible, the government does not need to spend a penny, while the operating period for both the companies is limited to 5 years, moreover after the expiration of 5-year, all the equipments and operating rights in this project will be returned to the government, however there is still widespread discontent amongst the people. In this regard, Gerakan Youth said that it is necessary for the Ministry of Transport to clarify the people’s queries, to offer a longer adjustment period to the people before the AES system is fully implemented.

Gerakan Youth Secretary General Dr. Dominic Lau said that the reason behind the reluctance of the people to accept the implementation of the AES system is because that there are still many uncertainties which also dubbed as the “grey areas”.

First, whether the AES system control centre is operated by the enforcement unit or by both companies? If so, we cannot dismiss the possibility of favoritism or unfairness as alleged.

Second, the summonses issued under AES should be in accordance with the Road Transport Act 1987 and there should be no discrepancy occurs. Because according to the Act, the summons framework for each violation, speeding offender who does not exceed 40kmph from the speed limit, if the person pays the summons within 30 days, he or she is entitled to discounts at different rates. Otherwise, the Act will have to undergo amendment for there should be no double standard.

Third, the Road Transport Department should clearly explain how it identifies the 831 accident-prone areas nationwide in order to install the AES system.

Fourth, the Road Transport Department should put a “clear” signboard at 2 to 3 km before the location where the speed camera is installed to warn the drivers that there is a speed camera in front and to remind them to slow down. As the PM Najib has said, the objective of the system is not to issue summons to the drivers but instead to remind the people not to speed.

In this regard, Dr. Dominic Lau suggested that the implementation of the AES system can impose penalty on the motorists through the way of deducting points based on the different types of offences they have committed, it is not necessary to carry out a mandatory summons in order to bring out the effect of the system. This is because the government’s original intention in carrying out the AES system is to alert and to change the driving attitude of the motorists but not to make a profit through issuing summonses.

“Every measure has its transition period, the government should offer an adequate adjustment period to the people, so that they could slowly accept the AES system. Mandatory enforcement will only backfire and it is not helping at all to the cause,” stressed Dr. Dominic Lau.

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