AWAS to be a more holistic approach to reduce accidents

MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai speaking to media after luncheon meeting by Prime Minister with Chinese Entrepreneurs organised by MITI, MATRADE at China World Hotel in Beijing yesterday. ( May 31, 2014 ) - Darran Tan / The Star

PETALING JAYA: The Automated Enforcement System (AES) will be merged with the Kejara demerit system and renamed as AWAS (Awareness Automated Safety System).

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai (pic), who disclosed this, said this was to ensure a more holistic approach to reduce the number of road accidents.

“Whether you pay your fines or not, your marks will still be deducted if you are found to have committed a traffic offence,” he said during an interview on TV3 last night.

Liow said each user will start with 20 points, and their licenses will be revoked once all points were used up.

He said 181 countries had implemented the demerit system and successfully reduced their accident rate.

He said AWAS was not to burden the public with fines “but to save lives”.

“A survey involving the 14 AES cameras in the country showed that it was effective in reducing the number of accidents,” he said.

Liow said signboards will be placed before AES cameras to make road users slow down.

He said AWAS will also help combat corruption as there will be minimal human involvement in the issuance of traffic summons.

He said the ministry had to iron out several legal and procedural issues before submitting the proposal to the Cabinet in March.

He said the relevant stakeholders, including departments in his ministry, were preparing the final review on the proposed plan.

To ensure its smooth implementation, Liow welcomed feedback from all the relevant stakeholders, adding that the public can visit the ministry’s website to share their views on the new system.

On another matter, Liow said the Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) is set to be implemented this year, in which Singapore-registered vehicles entering the country will have to register and pay RM20.

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