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According to Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, the implementation of the Automated Enforcement System (AES) and the Kejara demerit points system will be more effective to educate road users rather than imposing high fines. The Transport Minister’s statement comes following a suggestion from Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar, to increase the traffic fines in an effort to reduce accidents.

In a report by Bernama, the Transport Minister mentioned fines are subjective to the motorist’s income and financial status. On the other hand, he said, “Kejara and AES are more effective because the amount of fine depends on individuals. A RM150 fine is high to me, but to others, it is still low.

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“Enforcement of Kejara and AES involves suspending the licence of errant motorists, regardless who they are if they continue to violate regulations. If their points reach a level where their licence has to be suspended, then it is a more effective method,” he added.

The Transport Minister added that his department welcomed the Home Ministry’s efforts to encourage road safety, including upgrading the traffic unit to a department. “The Home Ministry and the police have their way of educating road users, and we have our way, that is through Kejara and AES, but we always work together,” he said.