Traffic cameras in KL may be used to fine errant motorists, says FT Ministry

THE Federal Territories Ministry is in discussion with the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) and Kuala Lumpur traffic police’s investigation unit on the feasibility of using the city's 5,000 traffic cameras to issue fines to motorists who violate traffic rules.

Deputy Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Jalaludin Alias said the ministry would discuss this with Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Seri Mahadi Che Ngah on the idea, adding that the mayor has been informed about upgrading all the city traffic cameras in Kuala Lumpur.

“We will be talking to the KL traffic police as well our legal advisers and the Attorney General's office to check on legality issues of issuing traffic summonses using evidence taken from CCTV images," he said.

“Our cameras can capture real-time images accurately. So we hope that we can issue summons using the images to those flouting traffic rules. We believe this will educate those who continuously break traffic rules and help reduce congestion," added Jalaludin.

Jalaludin said the cameras have the features to capture illegal activities like illegal parking, parking at yellow lines and bus lanes including hawkers operating in areas that are not allowed.

“Some may take the issue up with the courts when we summon them using these footages, so that's why we need to iron out the legal issue before implementing,’’ he said.

Jalaludin was speaking to reporters at Jalan Istana this morning after an integrated traffic operation to nab heavy vehicles exceeding 7.5 tons from entering the city centre from 6.30am to 9.30am and 4.30pm to 7.30pm daily.

This is part of a task force set up last month to oversee and study traffic flow in Kuala Lumpur, a move aimed to reduce the worsening congestion in the city.

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