An update on the Automated Awareness Safety System (AWAS), which combines the Automated Enforcement System (AES) and Kejara demerit points programme. The integrated system, announced in February and originally slated to begin in May, is expected to be implemented early next year, Bernama reports.

According to deputy transport minister Datuk Ab Aziz Kaprawi said AWAS was ready to be implemented and will be fully operational in accident-prone areas. “More cameras will be installed in accident-prone areas in efforts to reduce the number of accidents,” he said.

Through AWAS, a driver will be issued a warning if he/she has accumulated 20 demerit points, and the next 20 demerit points will result in a driving licence suspension, with a further 20 demerit points translating to a revocation of the driving licence.

Current summonses held by traffic offenders will not affect their demerit points once the system is implemented, it was previously reported. Demerit points are given depending on the severity of the offences, ranging from five to 15 points.

The purpose of AWAS is to discipline road users, according to transport minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, who has said the system will be more effective than issuing high fines for traffic offences.