Recently, transport minister Anthony Loke announced that the Road Transport Department (JPJ) would take over the full operation of the Automated Enforcement System (AES) as well cover the enforcement operation of the Automated Awareness Safety System (AWAS) from September 1.

The department has since issued a list of locations of all 45 AWAS cameras in operation, of which 29 were for monitoring speed limit offences, while the remaining 16 were to catch traffic light infringements.

Motorists approaching a speed camera will be warned by signboards installed one, two and three kilometres before the camera’s location. As for traffic light camera, signboards will be installed between 50 to 1,000 metres away from the camera location.

Under AWAS, which includes the Kejara demerit points system, motorists who commit a traffic offence (speeding or jumping a red light) will be fined RM300 that must be settled within 60 days. They also stand to collect demerit points depending on their offence, with the first 20 points accrued resulting in a warning being issued by JPJ.

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A further 20 points will see the motorist’s license be suspended for six to eight months. In the subsequent stages – three and four – obtaining another 20 points in each will result in a licence suspension of between eight to ten months and 10 to 12 months, respectively.

Your licence will be revoked should it be suspended three times within five years. Probationary drivers aren’t spared either, as their first 20 points will result in an immediate revocation of their licence.

In a report by The Star, Loke said, “offenders who do not clear their compound payments will be charged in court. If they fail to show up, they will be blacklisted from engaging in any transaction involving the Road Transport Department (JPJ) until the case is cleared. These include getting a road tax, and obtaining or renewing driving licence.”

“I want to stress that the main reason for the installation and enforcement of AWAS cameras is to educate and protect drivers, especially when they drive in the operational zones,” he added.