It appears the implementation of the Awareness Automated Safety System (AWAS) is well on track. Transport minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai has said that a Bill to amend the Road Transport Act for its implementation will be tabled in May.

“We are currently dealing with the legal implication issues. (In order to implement Awas) we need to amend the Road Transport Act,” Liow explained. As the Parliament session is nearing its end, Liow said he hoped to table the Bill in the upcoming session in May.

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This contradicts Datuk Abdul Aziz Kaprawi’s statement in March, whereby the deputy transport minister said the amendment would be tabled in Parliament next month, with the system set to be active by May.

AWAS is a combination of the Automated Enforcement System (AES) and the Kejara demerit points system, aimed at disciplining road users. Liow claims the system is more effective compared to high fines.