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According to Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Aziz Kaprawi, traffic fines under the Automated Enforcement System (AES) will be reduced from RM300 to RM150 once amendments have been made to the law, set to be tabled in Parliament in March next year.

In the report by The Sun, the minister said the law revision was important for the second phase of AES, and added that the standardisation of traffic fines issued by traffic cops was important for the implementation of the Kejara demerit points system, which links the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD), Road Transport Department (JPJ) and police.

Pending the new legislation of AES to be gazetted, the implementation of the Kejara system could be delayed to next year as a result. Both are part of the previously announced Awareness Automated Safety System (AWAS).

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Aziz also took the time to clarify on Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai’s statement last week, stating that the RM150 fixed amount for AES offences was merely a compound discount for traffic offenders to settle the 2.5 million outstanding summonses issued via the AES since 2012.

“This discount offer begins now, for the next six months. After that period, those who still refuse to pay will be hauled up to court,” he said. He added that the ministry is not ruling out a proposal to the Attorney-General’s Chamber to set up a special court to clear the backlog of AES cases accrued in the past four years.

Therefore, the RM300 fine is retained for offences issued under AES until present regulation is amended. “The Transport Minister stated that the Cabinet has agreed to reduce the fine to RM150. Is Section 79 (2) of the Act already amended? I don’t think so,” Aziz said.