The Automated Enforcement System (AES) and the Kejara demerit points system will be in place by March, and both are set to be implemented together, Berita Harian reports. Last August, it had been reported that Kejara was due to make a return alongside AES at the end of 2015.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said that the subject will be brought to Cabinet for discussion in the near future before both systems are implemented. “We can no longer deflect the issue of road safety. The government has to take the initiative to reintroduce AES. As for Kejara, when a driver is summoned, demerit points will be given depending on the offense committed. When a driver reaches 20 demerit points, his driving license will be suspended,” he said.

“Our main goal is to save lives. The government is not simply seeking to fine drivers, but we want to change the attitude of drivers to become responsible road users,” he added, stating that the 14 AES cameras implemented in the first phase of the system’s deployment are still in operation.

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The AES system was initially supposed to start in 2012, but came under public objection. In December 2013, the Dewan Rakyat adopted a motion to allow the Government to take over the system from the previously appointed private operators, and Boustead Holdings Berhad and the Armed Forces Fund Board (LTAT) are now in the picture.

In May last year, the government announced that the AES coverage was to be significantly expanded in the second phase, with cameras being installed at traffic light intersections in stages at 262 locations nationwide.

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.