Deputy transport minister Datuk Ab Aziz Kaprawi has revealed about 100 Automated Enforcement System (AES) cameras will be installed nationwide next year. In a report by Bernama, he said the cameras will be installed at strategic locations, including along highways and federal roads.

The move is to ensure motorists comply with traffic rules, and to help reduce the country’s road accident rate. “The AES cameras will be added as we are targeting a 50% reduction in the accident rate by 2020, as per an international agreement,” said Ab Aziz, adding that there are currently about 50 AES cameras installed nationwide.

As part of the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 plan by the World Health Organisation (WHO), participating countries have been urged to reduce their accident rates by 50% by 2020. In 2016, Malaysia recorded 521,466 road accidents and 7,152 road deaths, according to data by the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS).

“The AES is the best method since it is impartial. The cameras do not recognise people and will record all vehicles,” said Ab Aziz.