Transport ministry’s secretary-general Datuk Seri Saripuddin Kasim explained that a notable difference between the new and previous demerit (Kejara) systems, will be the new technology used, which includes better cameras, The Star reports.

According to him, the manual system, which was in place previously, allowed drivers to dispute offences. This is set to change with the new Awareness Automated Safety System (AWAS). He highlighted that there is now a good combination of technology with the demerit system to handle such cases.

“We are capitalising on technology and this will make it more efficient to implement the demerit system,” he said. The transport ministry is planning to put forward the Bill for the new demerit system during this month’s parliament session. Implementation is now slated to take place before the year ends, Saripuddin noted.

It was announced earlier in February, by transport minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, that the Automated Enforcement System (AES) will be combined with the Kejara demerit system to form AWAS. With the new system, motorists will start with 20 points. Once all points have been depleted, their licences will be revoked.

Saripuddin noted that the enhanced system came about after having engaged with all stakeholders from non-governmental organisations and government departments. Said system was also a result of experiences learned from other countries.

“Our intention is not to penalise but to cultivate a good road safety culture and adherence to traffic rules,” Saripuddin said of the new system. Furthermore, it will also help tackle corruption as there would be little human involvement in the issuance of traffic summonses, according to Liow.