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Despite recent reports that all backlogged and outstanding Automated Enforcement System (AES) summonses may be scrapped, transport minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai has said that all those who have been caught and fined by the system are still required to pay up.

It was reported just weeks ago that the government would be scrapping all existing AES-related fines prior to rolling out the second phase of the AES traffic monitoring system, which will introduce some 350 enforcement cameras throughout the nation by the first quarter of 2016.

But as reported by the SunDaily, Liow, who was speaking to members of the media at a ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of a new high-school in Ipoh, confirmed that while a decision is yet to be made by the Cabinet, all 14 AES cameras nationwide are still active, and Malaysian traffic offenders must settle their existing fines accordingly.

The minister also revealed that results of the on-going AES system review would only be ready some time early next year, disclosing that the authorities are working on a solution to incorporate the AES system with the Kejara demerit points system. “We are not dragging our feet, but the government has to come out with something which can be implemented for the benefit of the rakyat,” he said.

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To date, the initial 14 cameras that were a part of the AES’s pilot phase have been responsible for more than 2.1 million issued summonses for various offences between September 23, 2012 to September 30, 2015. It is reported that up to half a billion ringgit in compounds have yet to be paid by traffic offenders.

Just weeks ago, a report by theSun suggested that the setbacks are due to technical issues surrounding evidence gathering, with a source close to the daily claiming that, “action under the pilot stage is plagued by a technicality arising from the evidence gathering process which was not done by enforcement officers. The first party at the AES control centres, who had collated the high-resolution photos of the alleged traffic offences, were staff of private companies.”

The source continued, “the first party’s role to gather the evidence should have been (carried out) by police or JPJ enforcement officers and not private company staff. This is the cause of the legal setback.”

In a recent letter between Liow and Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad, the Malay Mail reported that Liow had confirmed to the Shah Alam MP that the government has since paid RM60,122,080 in contract service fees to AES service providing companies, Beta Tegap Sdn Bhd, and ATES (M) Sdn Bhd.