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The Congress of Union of Employees in the Public and Civil Services Malaysia (Cuepacs) has urged the government to exempt its drivers from the soon-to-be-implemented Kejara demerit system and the Automated Enforcement System (AES) on the basis that it would be unfair to punish those on official duties, according to The Star.

President Datuk Azih Muda said that those penalised could be “rushing a minister or director-general to a meeting,” an ambulance taking a patient to a hospital, or police in pursuit of criminals. “The AES does not discriminate between an official government vehicle and a regular citizen’s car. Whoever is caught speeding will have summonses issued against them,” he said.

Azih added that it would not be fair for a driver to lose points or have their driving licence revoked while on duty. “Driving is their bread and butter, if their licence is suspended they are out of a job,” he said. “We conveyed our thoughts to the [Road Transport Department, or JPJ] director-general [Datuk Nadzri Siron] and he has taken note of them.”

The union also suggested an exemption for members of the public who were speeding during an emergency, such as when rushing an injured person to the hospital for medical treatment.

The government is set to implement AES and an updated Kejara system under a new, unified Automated Awareness Safety System (AWAS) by the end of the year, after the Road Transport (Amendment) Bill was passed in May. Under the new system, each motorist start with 20 points, and if they are caught committing a traffic offence, points will be deducted – their driving licence will be revoked once all points are removed.