It was recently reported that Automated Enforcement System (AES) will make a comeback in March, along with the shelved Kejara demerit points system. However, the government says that it will consider public feedback on the matter, The Star reports.

“We welcome the feedback and suggestions from the public so that we can do better,” Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai told reporters yesterday, adding that he has directed the Road Transport Department (JPJ) to conduct a survey.

Liow said that traffic fatalities is a main concern of the ministry, with almost 7,000 road-related deaths in more than 500,000 traffic accidents every year in Malaysia. “We want to implement AES because it is an effective ways to reduce traffic accidents in the country,” he said.

The minister said that he had received feedback from road users admitting that they would slow down whenever they see an AES camera. “Areas with AES installed have recorded a reduction in traffic accidents. Implementations in other countries have also shown that the system is effective. Unlike what many people claim, AES is not to punish the rakyat by issuing summons and fines. We want to save lives,” he said.


The two-pronged approach will include the Kejara demerit points system, which will see drivers who accumulate a certain amount of points have their licenses revoked. “As for how many points to deduct for each traffic offence, we want feedback from the rakyat. We are willing to listen to their views,” Liow said.

In a separate function, Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Abdul Aziz Kaprawi told Malay Mail that the ministry was looking at enforcing an improved Kejara system by March and JPJ had submitted three key proposals during a meeting with the ministry last week.

The proposals are: separate demerit points for commercial vehicles and those for private use; demerit points will not be removed even if a traffic offender settles the fine; and motorists who maintain a clean record for at least two years will get their accumulated demerit points reduced by half.

Under Kejara, 20 demerit points will earn one a warning, 40 points will get your driving licence suspended and 60 points, cancelled. Abdul Aziz said the ministry was expected to green light the proposals soon and forward them to the Cabinet for approval by February.


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 2015, the government announced that 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.

Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (Miros) chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said the body supported the government’s move to revive AES and Kejara. “Most accidents happen because of speeding and what better way to track these traffic offenders than installing AES cameras and enforcing the Kejara demerit system,” he said. What are your views on AES and Kejara, motorist?