The reduction of Automated Enforcement System (AES) fines from RM300 to RM150 will be done without having to amend the existing Road Transport Act 1987, clarified transport minister, Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai. The new rate is merely a limited-time discount rate over the full RM300 compound, which will still stand.

“The power to offer compound for certain offences under the Act, including AES, is under the jurisdiction of the Road Transport Department (JPJ) director-general. We have decided that RM150 is the compound offer for offenders to settle AES summonses received in the past, at present and from this point forward,” he told The Sun Daily.

Meanwhile, the RM300 fine under Section 79 (2) of the Act will remain unchanged. The fee reduction is introduced as a move to call upon traffic offenders to settle the 2.5 million outstanding AES summonses. There will be a time frame of six months for them to do so.

“We will announce soon when we will start this time frame (of six months) to pay the compound,” Liow said, who also added that a special court order will not be required to clear the backlog of AES summonses since 2012. Earlier, deputy transport minister Datuk Aziz Kaprawi had said that the “RM150 must be paid within six months. If they fail to do so, the amount would be increased. You delay, you pay more.”