According to The Sun Daily’s report, the local Transport Ministry is working to expand the use of the controversial cameras by the end of this year, primarily targeting traffic light intersections.
Why at the lights? A source close to The Sun Daily disclosed that, “The focus has now shifted to safety measures at the traffic light intersections, since records have showed that collisions and fatalities have been on the rise due to bikers and drivers beating the red light."
At a cost of some RM700 million (as reported), the pilot phase of the AES camera introduction saw 14 of these cameras introduced, and already in place throughout Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Perak – 10 of which at fixed locations, another four believed to be mobile units.
Back in 2012, it was also believed that the government would further introduce another 831 cameras in the nation to curb errant motorists, but that’s a figure that’s believed to be thrown out, at the moment.
The new list of 262 AES cameras will be rolled out in stages by the end of the year, with the news daily also reporting the following breakdown of the states and their expected new AES camera count:
- Selangor: 38
- Johor: 32
- Kedah: 26
- Perak: 22
- Terengganu: 20
- Negri Sembilan: 18
- Penang: 18
- Kelantan: 16
- KL, Labuan, Perlis, Sabah, Sarawak, Pahang, Melaka and Putrajaya: 72