The government says that the delayed Automated Awareness Safety System (AWAS) will finally be up and running in April, The Sun reports. The integrated system, which combines the Automated Enforcement System (AES) and Kejara demerit points programme, was announced in February last year and was supposed to be in place in May.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said AWAS will begin operations once the Road Transport Department (JPJ) finishes upgrading its system. “The department is in the midst of upgrading its system. We should be able to see system implemented in two to three months,” he told reporters.

He reiterated that an additional seven AES cameras are set to be installed nationwide, adding on to the exising 14 that are currently in place. Liow, who was perturbed by the rising number of fatalities due to road mishaps last year, hoped the system will be able to reduce the number of road accidents in the country.

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.