PUTRAJAYA: The government will write off more than 3.1 million in unpaid summonses worth about RM435mil issued under the Automated Enforcement System (AES).
Transport Minister Anthony Loke (pic) said this followed the Cabinet’s decision not to renew the concession agreement to operate and manage AES, which expires on Aug 31.
“From Sept 1, JPJ (Road Transport Department) will take over the operations of the AES. This means that the operations of the speed cameras, the issuance of summonses and such will be done by JPJ.
“All summonses issued since AES began in 2012 until Aug 31, which are unpaid, have been cancelled,” said Loke at a press conference at his ministry here.
Over 3.1 million AES summonses have been issued as of May are unpaid, which would be worth about RM435mil if paid.
Loke also stressed the waiver was strictly a one-time event, and urged Malaysians not to take it for granted.
“From Sept 1 onwards, the government will fully enforce the AES and summonses will be issued without any exemptions,” he said.
The minister also said it should not be a reason for road users to take advantage.
“This is not your opportunity to turn the highways into Formula One circuits,” he warned the public.
Loke also apologised to road users who paid their AES summons, adding there will not be any refunds.
“I know those who have paid will feel it is unfair, but since 2012, only 690,000 AES summons have been paid, about 18% of the total.
“However, even if the summonses were paid, the money would go to concessionaires, not the government.
“To those who paid, I would like to say thank you, and sorry,” said Loke.
Under AES, speed cameras are placed in accident-prone areas, which automatically take photos and videos of vehicles that breach the speed limit or run traffic lights.
In 2012, the then-Barisan Nasional government appointed two companies, Beta Tegap Sdn Bhd and ATES Sdn Bhd, to operate the AES.
“Because the payment system to these firms was lopsided, there was public backlash. For every summon that was issued, RM16 would be paid to the companies.
“In 2015, the government ordered Lembaga Tabung Angkatan Tentera (LTAT), through its subsidiary Irat Properties, to take over the AES.
“RM555mil was paid to both companies by the previous government to take over its assets, which were merely about 40 speed cameras along all highways,” said Loke.
On a separate matter, he said the Cabinet also agreed to postpone the implementation of the e-call system, which was supposed to be installed in new cars by July 2019.
“This is because a lot of car-makers were not ready, and we do not want the cost to be transferred to car buyers,” said Loke.
The e-call system automatically notifies the Malaysian Emergency Response Services or MERS999, when a vehicle is involved in a traffic accident.