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The move to expand the coverage of the Automated Enforcement System (AES) nationwide will begin once final details are sorted out. Deputy transport minister Datuk Abdul Aziz Kaprawi said that once this is done, the system’s deployment will be extended to accident-prone locations – identified in a study done by the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS) – in phase two of its operations, Bernama reports.

“Currently, we are still in discussion with the relevant parties to improve the terms of the AES agreement, which takes into account the views and feedback from various quarters before it can be extended nationwide. The AES is still on at 14 locations in Perak, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya,” he said.

He added that the government was also drawing up a new implementation plan and operation model for the subsequent phase to enable it to be more inclusive and acceptable to the public.

In May, it was reported that the AES will be significantly expanded in the second phase, which will see cameras being installed at traffic light intersections in stages at 262 locations nationwide by year end.

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Selangor will lead the list with 38 sites, followed by 32 locations in Johor, 26 in Kedah and 22 in Perak. Other AES locations are Terengganu (20), Negri Sembilan and Penang (18 each), Kelantan (16), and 72 cameras will be placed in eight other areas – Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Pahang, Melaka, Perlis, Labuan, Sabah and Sarawak.

Deployment of the system was initially supposed to begin in 2012, but came under public objection. In December 2013, the Dewan Rakyat adopted a motion to allow the Government to take over the AES from the previously appointed private operators – Boustead Holdings Berhad and the Armed Forces Fund Board (LTAT) are now in the picture, having taken over operations of the system from both Beta Tegap and Automated Traffic Enforcement System (ATES).

“Through the rebranding, the Armed Forces Fund Board (LTAT) will be managing the static cameras while the Royal Malaysian Police will take over the mobile cameras,” Abdul Aziz said.