The number of traffic offences has tripled following transport minister Anthony Loke’s decision to write off summonses for the Automated Enforcement System (AES) before September 1, 2018. Talk about breaking the rules…

According to The New Straits Times, Loke said the grace period from August 17 to 31 recorded a total of 15,000 offences compared to the previous average of 5,000. The AES has now been rebranded to Automated Awareness Safety System (AWAS).

“We don’t have any intention to punish drivers but we want to ensure drivers are more responsible on the road, besides caring for the safety of other road users,” said Loke. “There are drivers who broke traffic laws by running red lights and breaking the speed limit.”

“We hope that the implementation of the system (AWAS) will reduce the number of traffic lawbreakers on the road,” Loke was quoted as saying by an online news portal. He added that the soaring number of traffic offences show that some drivers went to lengths to break the law on purpose.

Well, effective September 1, the Road Transport Department (JPJ) has fully enforced the legal provision for summonses issued by AES/AWAS without discounts or exceptions. It polices 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.

A total of 45 AWAS cameras are currently in operation, with 29 units being speed cameras and the remaining 16 cameras are used to record motorists who run the red light. You may read the full breakdown of the demerit system for traffic offenders, here.