Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai announced yesterday that the Automated Enforcement System (AES) and the Kejara demerit points system will now be unified under a new name – Awareness Automated Safety System (AWAS).

The minister said in an interview with TV3 that its reason for combining the two is to enforce a well-rounded approach in reducing the number of road accidents overall. While the additional AES cameras would catch errant drivers, the Kejara system will be able to keep track of their wrongdoings for further penalties.

“Whether you pay your fines or not, your marks will still be deducted if you are found to have committed a traffic offence,” said Liow. He revealed that each driver will start with 20 points on their records, and will have their driving licenses revoked, among other penalties, once those points have diminished.

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Liow has long shown his faith in the two systems, saying that they are meant to save lives and not simply punish drivers. “A survey involving the 14 AES cameras in the country showed that it was effective in reducing the number of accidents,” he said.

He also said that AWAS has got the potential to reduce corruption, given that the system will be largely automated and involves minimal human interaction. Liow concluded by saying that there are still several issues for his ministry to resolve together with the relevant stakeholders. Once these issues were concluded, a proposal will be submitted to the Cabinet in March. He also welcomed feedback from the public, saying that now is the time for all to share their views on the new system via the Transport Ministry’s website.