From an initial launch date set for May last year, then pushed to the end of 2016, the AWAS system is now operational, according to a report by The Star. The AWAS system, which stands for Automated Awareness Safety System, integrates both AES (Automated Enforcement System) and Kejara demerit points system, and has gone online from April 1, with the aim of catching habitual traffic offenders on record.

The system employs the 14 AES cameras installed nationwide, and focuses on two particular offences for now – speeding and running of red lights, said JPJ director-general Datuk Nadzri Siron. The JPJ expects to include other traffic offences within the AWAS scope, with more cameras to be installed, the report added.

“This is still the initial stage of the project and we want to focus on advocacy. For now, the system will only include two offences for the Kejara system,” Nadzri said. The Road Transport Department (JPJ) has also upgraded its computer system to handle AWAS, the report said.

In addition to incurring a RM150 fine under AES, offences such as overtaking over double lines, running the red light, using the emergency lane and speeding will see demerit points deducted from drivers’ licenses, which will be revoked once the initial allocation of 20 points has been depleted, amongst other penalties.