The government has announced via the Road Transport Department (JPJ) Facebook page that effective September 1, it will be enforcing fully the legal provision for summonses issued by AES/AWAS without discounts or exceptions.

The automated enforcement system will be policing for two offences – failure to observe traffic signals (running the red light) and exceeding the posted speed limit. A traffic light offence carries the penalty of four demerit points for private passenger vehicles and motorcycles, and six demerit points for buses and goods delivery vehicles.

Penalties for speeding are meted out depending on the severity of the offence, also on different scales for private passenger vehicles and motorcycles, and for buses and goods delivery vehicles, the latter getting more demerit points per offence.

Offences for exceeding the posted speed limit by between one km/h to 25 km/h carry two points and four points respectively, while speeding offences of 25 km/h to 40 km/h above the posted limit will carry a penalty of three points and five points respectively. Finally, offences more than 40 km/h above the posted limit carry four points and six points respectively.

On the other hand, demerit points incentives are on offer. This entails participation in courses to be offered by JPJ, and following a one-year period without incurring further summonses and compounds, the department will reduce one’s demerit points tally by 50%.

The issuing of summonses will go through a three-step process. An offence will first be recorded by the automated camera, and the image transmitted to a control centre for processing. Secondly, a JPJ officer will check and verify the image. Once the offending vehicle’s registration number is clearly identified, a summons will be issued.

Thirdly, the summons will be sent to the offender by registered mail, and they will have 60 days to pay the RM300 fine or they will be required to be present in court. Failure to comply will see the offender blacklisted and incur further KEJARA demerit points.

Traffic light cameras will be preceded by warning sign located 50 metres to 100 metres before the camera. In cases where a vehicle runs the red light, the camera will take two images in a span of 0.5 second to capture vehicles in motion, the vehicle being photographed from the rear. The vehicles’ position on the road will be determined by piezo loops embedded in the road surface, just beyond the stop line.

For speeding offences, the camera will be preceded by sign warning road users of its presence, the first of which to be located two km to three km before the speed camera. According to the illustration above, piezo loop sensors will be embedded in the stretch of road that is within the camera’s field of capture, and the sensors will detect the speeds of the vehicles travelling upon them.

The posting adds that the JPJ is urging road users to obey road rules and to always practice safe driving to ensure the safety of all road users in an effort to reduce the rate of road incidents.