We Malaysians have had it fairly easy going on our roads, save for the odd roadblock that’s usually proceeded with speed trap if you’re going along a highway or straight stretch. All those previous efforts required police personnel on some level. But now, the automatic enforcement system (AES) is, as reported by Bernama, going to be spread to the whole country with the principal aim of reducing road accidents.
Datuk Abdul Aziz Kaprawi, Deputy Transport Minister, the move was decided upon based on research and statistics provided by the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (Miros).
"Currently, we are still in discussion with the relevant parties to improve the terms of the AES agreement which takes into account the views and feedback from various quarters before it can be extended nationwide.
"The AES is still on at 14 locations in Perak, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya involving 10 static cameras and four mobile cameras," he said in the Dewan Negara today in reply to a question from Senator Dr Ariffin S.M. Omar on developing and widening the AES service.
Along with the expansion of AES use to keep traffic in check, Datuk Abdul Aziz also said the government was also looking into a follow-up implementation operation model for the next phase of AES integration, enabling it to be more inclusive and acceptable to Malaysian motorists. He added that they are planning a rebranding and public education campaign as well.
AES operates using special cameras mounted by the side of the road, known colloquially as speed cameras. The news of their wide implementation is in following with previous reports that the government intended to have them placed at 262 new locations by the end of 2015, and a more recent story involving Boustead Holdings given charge of their operation.
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