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Following reports that the government could write-off 1.6 million pending Automated Enforcement System (AES) court cases and fines of around half a billion ringgit since September 2012, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai has denied that a decision has been made. The Cabinet will decide on the matter, The Sun reports.

“We will announce it in due time after the Cabinet makes a decision. This will also go together with the launching of the next phase of AES,” Liow said after an official tour of the VTAR Institute yesterday.

He expressed hope that the AES issue could be resolved soon, and said that electronic enforcement is an effective measure to reduce road crashes and fatalities. “AES has been proven to get people to reduce speeding at blackspots and complying with traffic light intersections. So this is the way forward,” Liow said.

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Earlier this week, The Sun reported that the government is prepared to quash “cold storage” cases during the pilot stage in order to move on to the second phase. The paper’s sources said that the AES pilot stage is plagued by a legal technical snag arising from the first stage of the evidence gathering process that was not done by enforcement officers.

The frozen court cases are impeding the execution of the second phase of AES at 350 locations, scheduled to start in the first quarter of 2016. This time, it will be conducted by agencies under the Transport Ministry, the report stated.

Of the 1.91 million AES summonses issued from September 2012 to April 30 this year, only 264,750 compounds amounting to RM76,647,750 have been paid. For those with a pending AES case, the sighs of relief will have to be put on hold.