Hidden Speed Cameras, Hidden Cops: Any which way they can to catch you!

Broke the law while driving? These dedicated cops will get you! Sooner or later…

24 November 2018

Shared on one of my whatsapp groups. Reminds me of my kitten. Just becoz she can’t see me, she seems to believe that I can’t see her.

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18 August 2017

What dedication!

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22 April 2017

RTD issues more than 13k summons five days after launch of road safety programme

 

ALOR SETAR, April 22 ― The Road Transport Department (JPJ) issued 13,096 traffic summons in the five days after the implementation of the Automated Awareness Safety System (Awas) and the Demerit Points For Traffic Offences System (Kejara) on April 15.

Ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Saripuddin Kasim said, of the total number, 11,556 were for speeding and 1,540 for beating the red light.

“More than 13,000 summonses were issued (between April 15 and 20) but without demerit points, which were only given after the compound is paid, to the driver of the car and not the car owner.

“As shown by the nature of offences in the summonses, many Malaysians still find it difficult to change their attitude while on the road despite the implementation of the system,” he said after an IM4U programme organised by the Association for Wives of Public Servants and Women in the Public Service (Puspanita).

– See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/rtd-issues-more-than-13k-summons-five-days-after-launch-of-road-safety-prog?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter#sthash.bGj2kkNR.dpuf

20 April 2017

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14 March 2017

Watch the trees. No, not for monkeys but for traffic cops hidden in them.

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And watch out for this!

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5 Jan 2017

This isn’t AES. It’s HOST (HUman Operated Speed Trap).

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Star

29 April 2016 | MYT 12:17 PM

More AES cameras necessary to nab speedsters

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KUALA LUMPUR: The installation of another 1,200 Automated Enforcement System (AES) cameras at highways nationwide should not be viewed as punitive but as a measure to educate motorists to obey traffic rules, said Malaysian Institute of Road Safety (Miros) Chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye.

He said research conducted by Miros in 2014 showed that the 14 AES cameras currently installed in Perak, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya have proven to be effective in reducing road fatalities due to speeding and running a red light.

According to the institute’s findings, there was a 87.6 per cent reduction in red light running violations after the cameras were installed at certain traffic light junctions at Jalan Ipoh-Kuala Kangsar and Jalan Pasir Puteh in Perak, and Jalan Klang Lama and Jalan Ipoh in Kuala Lumpur.

Installing more AES cameras at strategic locations would discourage motorists from speeding throughout the whole stretch of the highways concerned, said Lee.

“Usually, when motorists enter the camera zone, they tend to slow down and then speed once past the zone. But they won’t be able to do that after more cameras are installed.

“Of course, there’s nothing to stop them from speeding in the camera-free sections (of the highways) but, at least, they’re aware that they can’t speed all the way. It’s one of the ways to help minimise road accidents in our country,” he said.

Lee also said that the AES camera could hardly be considered as a “trap” because it was easily visible and there were ample signboards to alert motorists.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar had said on April 9 that another 1,200 AES cameras would be installed at strategic locations nationwide to capture pictures of vehicles of errant motorists, as well as to educate them to obey traffic rules.

http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2016/04/29/more-aes-cameras-necessary-to-nab-speedsters/

Free Malaysia Today

Court: Local council has no authority over AES

February 21, 2013

The KL High Court says the Sepang Municipal Council cannot stop installations of AES cameras on highways.

KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court concluded here today that the Sepang Municipal Council (MP Sepang) has no authority over the North-South Highway (PLUS) and the South Klang Valley Expressway (SKVE).

Judge Zaleha Yusuf also allowed Automated Enforcement System (AES) operating company, Beta Tegap Sdn Bhd, to install AES cameras on both highways.

She said PLUS and SKVE were under the jurisdiction of the Federal government and not the state government.

Court: Local council has no authority over AES

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Malaysiakini

PKR files report with MACC against transport ministers
5:23PM Nov 16, 2012

PKR has lodged a report against Transport Minister Kong Cho and former transport minister Chan Kong Choy with the MACC today over the award of the Automated Enforcement System (AES) contract to an alleged crony.

Its central committee member Chang Lih Kang who filed the report, said that these ministers were responsible for awarding and defending the contract respectively to Beta Tegap Sdn Bhd for installing the AES cameras.

“However, a search by the Companies Commission of Malaysia (CCM) showed that this company is a dormant company,” said Chang in a statement.

“The company does not have any expertise in installing AES cameras but has relied on an Australian company named Redflex Traffic Systems Ptd Ltd in technical matters.”

Accompanying Chang were Pakatan members and NGOs opposed to the Automated Enforcement System (AES) project.

Chang reiterated that Beta Tegap’s largest shareholder Rozana Redzuan’s parents have links to Umno: her late father was the former Umno Johor division chief and former state assemblyperson of Peserai Johor, Redzuan Salim and her mother, Atkah Abdullah, was former deputy chief of Wanita Umno Johor.

PKR files report with MACC against transport ministers

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Transport Minister ‘King’ Kong fights back: NO, we’re going to install more AES cameras!

Sundaily

AES will be installed despite opposition

Posted on 11 November 2012 – 08:40pm
Last updated on 11 November 2012 – 09:31pm

KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 11, 2012): The Transport Ministry will not stop installing Automated Enforcement System (AES) cameras in Pakatan Rakyat-led states despite the decision by these states to suspend the implementation of the system.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha said the ministry would not dismantle the two AES cameras installed in Selangor where they have been declared illegal.

In fact, more such cameras will be installed and the system will be enforced according to the law, he told Oriental Daily News in an interview published today.

As some highways are beyond the jurisdiction of state governments, more AES cameras will appear in Pakatan-governed states.

Everything will be done according to the law, Kong said, adding that if necessary, the ministry will seek the opinion of the Attorney-General’s Chambers.

AES will be installed despite opposition

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Koon Yew Yin
I predict that the AES will be dead in the water before long. But it is important that any suspension or abandonment of the system does not prevent the authorities and the public from having a full and open inquiry on how this particular scam has managed to get through all the responsible authorities, including the cabinet at the highest level.

Malaysiakini

Looking inside the ‘Automatic Enrichment Scandal’
  • Koon Yew Yin
  • 3:12PM Nov 11, 2012

COMMENT Slowly but surely, the ugly side of the Automated Enforcement System (AES) is emerging and it looks like that the enrichment of a small group has been cleverly camouflaged in the name of public interest.

Fortunately, this time around the scope for undeserved enrichment is so overwhelming and the disregard for prudent principles of transparency and accountability so obvious that even some Umno leaders are protesting.

These late protestors from BN are way behind the curve on the issue and are jumping on the bandwagon of opposition political and public protest to prevent damage to their own election prospects but it is an indicator of how unacceptable the current AES proposal is.
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Why so much outrage?

Firstly, there is more than a strong whiff of cronyism about the project and the way in which it has been privatised which runs against principles of responsible government and common sense.
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Secondly, the system comes embedded with an extremely lucrative revenue sharing arrangement to benefit the project concessionaires.
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Should compensation be paid?

We can be sure that the two companies will have insisted on full compensation clauses built into the contract should the government back out.

They will probably have the paper evidence to show that they have spent hundreds of millions in setting up the system.

So it looks like either way -whether the AES is implemented or not – the two companies could be laughing all the way to the bank with their bloated claims.

There is only one way to stop this daylight robbery. This is for the Malaysian public to kick up the biggest fuss possible and to demand that the full truth of the ‘Automatic Enrichment Scandal’ – including its real costs – emerge before any compensation is to be paid.


KOON YEW YIN, a retired chartered engineer, is a philanthropist.

Looking inside the ‘Automatic Enrichment Scandal’

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Motorists to be double fined?

Harakahdaily, 05 November 2012

Nov 5: Even as chorus of condemnation over implementation of the Automatic Enforcement System continues, the government today announced that the old speed trap cameras operated by the police will not be dismantled.

Deputy Home minister Wira Abu Seman insisted that the equally controversial postal summonse system was useful in educating road users and reducing accident rate.

He was responding to a question by Jerai member of parliament Firdaus Jaafar who asked whether the government would abolish the old system since AES would be implemented nationwide.

In response to Wira’s reply, Firdaus accused the government of burdening the people with two types of traffic summonses.

“The two ministries have placed the job of summonses as a joint agenda. The police should instead focus on fighting crimes,” he said.

Firdaus said many people opted to pay the summonses in order to cut the hassle of attending the court proceedings.

The PAS-backed Anti-Postal Summonse Campaign or KASE had vehemently opposed the postal summonse system, under which the Road Transport Department would bar vehicle owners from renewing their annual road tax and driving license if they have outstanding summonses.

KASE chairman Mahfuz Omar said this contravened the Federal Constitution citing sections 17(1) A and 29(1) A of the Transport Act 1998.

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(Newsflash) Anwar Ibrahim: Isu AES, Chua Soi Lek Jahat

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MediaPerak

Bantahan AES depan Pej MCA Sitiawan – bergambar

| Nov 10, 2012

***Sumber Berita Dari: http://mediaperak.net/2012/11/10/bantahan-aes-depan-pej-mca-sitiawan-bergambar/

Foto: Fawi

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Malaysiakini

AES protest spreads to Kong’s backyard
9:43AM Nov 10, 2012

A pro-Pakatan Rakyat group organised a protest in front of Transport Minister Kong Cho Ha’s parliamentary service centre in Sitiawan, Lumut, yesterday to protest against the much-criticised Automated Enforcement System (AES).

In a press statement issued yesterday, Bantah AES co-coordinator Saifullah Zulkifli claimed that 500 people turned up during the rally which was held at 2pm.

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He submitted a memorandum to the service centre highlighting four reasons for rejecting AES, but Kong, who is also Lumut MP, did not receive the memorandum personally.

“We expressed regret at Kong’s cowardliness to face the people. He only sent an office clerk to receive the memorandum,” he said in the statement.

AES protest spreads to Kong’s backyard

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Jamaliah Yusof, “Firstly, I wonder why does this revenue-generating venture have to be privatised? Why must it involve capitalists especially when the revenues collected should be given back to the public rather than enriching certain the cronies?”

Malaysiakini

Bolehland drivers being leeched by AES
  • Jamaliah Yusof
  • 1:37PM Nov 9, 2012

In countries where the government is transparent and corruption is low, the Automated Enforcement System (AES) – the unmanned cameras that catch speed demons and red light offenders – would not be much of an issue like here in Malaysia. It would rather be seen as a tool to save lives and make roads safe.

But in Bolehland, where the opportunists rule, noble ideas can always be turned into money-making ventures. The public would be further skinned of their low income to pay capitalists who would laugh all their way to the bank. While I agree that AES is meant to save lives, to discipline drivers and to reduce casualties, there are many flaws that need to be addressed.
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If the government and the two companies are sincere, why not impose AES on lower speed limits, too? Slow driving is equally dangerous, but certainly no profit can be made out of it. I would agree to AES if all other measures to make road safe have been implemented. But other safety aspects of our roads are clearly neglected.

Obviously, too many parties in the government service are sleeping on their jobs. Worse, they may be sleeping and counting easy money at the same time; perhaps in their comfortable first class flights overseas ‘to learn’ about AES. These officers who leech on taxpayers’ money are the ones who should be punished for their blatant failure to make our roads safe – not the AES victims.

Bolehland drivers being leeched by AES

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Apart from Selangor, the other PR-led states such as Kedah, Penang and Kelantan have said they will suspend approval for the AES.

Malaysian Insider

Selangor suspends AES, says RTD cannot justify speed cameras

UPDATED @ 03:10:24 PM 09-11-2012
November 09, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 9 — Selangor has barred the roll out of the controversial Automated Enforcement System (AES) to catch speeding motorists in the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) state, saying the move is unlawful.

Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim said his state administration made the decision yesterday after meeting with the Road Transport Department (RTD).

He said the federal government agency had failed to justify the merits of the traffic system to penalise speedsters.

“From the briefing, the state government found that the Transport Ministry failed to get the approval to construct the structure for the AES from the local authorities.

“Therefore, the state government will direct all PBT to inform the ministry that the installation of AES has not followed the law and will not be implemented until this matter is amended,” he said in a statement today, using the Malay initials PBT, or pihak berkuasa tempatan, to refer to the local councils.

He added that the state government will appoint an independent body to study the system first to see if the Transport Ministry had considered all necessary procedures before deciding to introduce the AES.

Khalid suggested a review of the concession agreement between the federal government and the two companies contracted to install and run the AES, saying the 17 per cent profit margin was unreasonable.

He said Selangor had proposed that the money from the fines be kept in a trust to be used to fund road safety awareness programmes instead of being pooled into a consolidated account, which would be doled out to the companies in reasonable amounts and allow them to recoup the cost of installing the speed cameras..

“By doing this, the people who pay summonses would be contributing to the nation and not help enrich businessmen,” he said.

Selangor suspends AES, says RTD cannot justify speed cameras

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The Derga state assemblyperson also said that while he understands the reason to install the AES on highways, he is puzzled with the need to install it in towns where the speed limit is  60 to 70km/h, much lower than the highway speed limit of 110km/h.

Malaysiakini

Gerakan: AES has ‘many flaws’, needs further study
10:56AM Nov 2, 2012

In  the light of the public “uproar”, the government should put the “flawed” Automated Enforcement System (AES) on hold and conduct further studies, BN component party Gerakan says.
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“Although it is a noble intention to prevent road accidents, it must not be implemented hastily,” Gerakan central bureau on environment, safety and quality of life chairperson Cheah Soon Hai (left) said in a statement today.

Cheah said the AES has elicited “massive complaints”, causing the four Pakatan states to reject the system, and blamed this on the government trying to “bulldoze” the system through.

“Gerakan itself has also received numerous complaints from the people when they are issued summons,” he added.

Gerakan: AES has ‘many flaws’, needs further study

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Malaysiakini

Ignore AES summonses, PAS urges the people
  • Hazlan Zakaria
  • 8:00PM Oct 31, 2012

PAS has called on members of the public to ignore traffic fines issued through the automated traffic enforcement system (AES) on grounds that the system is unjust and will benefit crony companies.

PAS vice-president Mahfuz Omar told a press conference today that the call is limited only to summonses issued under the AES and not for regular traffic police summonses.

Mahfuz, who heads pressure group campaigning against the abolishment of postal summonses for traffic offences, called Kase, added that the AES system would become a burden to the people.

He said Kase was readying 100 lawyers to help those who have been penalised through AES.

Summonses issued under wrong section of Act

“The federal government should declare void all summonses issued since Oct 13.

“If the government refuses to do so, I urge those who receive the AES summonses to not pay the fine, which amounts RM300 (each).

“Follow the instructions on the summons notice and go to court. Kase will have lawyers to help,” Mahfuz, the Pokok Sena MP, told reporters at the Parliament lobby today.

He added that summons issued under the system was misleading as it was being issued under Section 79(2) of the Road Transport Act for speeding offences.

Mahfuz insisted that Section 79(2) referred not to speeding but for not obeying traffic rules and signs.

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Malaysian Insider

Call off AES for now, BN MP urges government

October 31, 2012
Bung (left) said the AES may be turned into ammunition against BN during the election. — File pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 31 ― Umno MP Datuk Bung Mokhtar Radin crossed the political divide today and backed the opposition Pakatan Rakyat (PR) pact in calling for Putrajaya to suspend enforcing the controversial Automated Enforcement System (AES), saying it could be used as campaign fodder against the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN).“The implementation of AES now is not suitable because it is close to elections.

“That’s why I recommend the AES be postponed,” the Barisan Nasional Backbenchers Club (BNBBC) deputy chairman told Malay daily Sinar Harian Online in a text message today.

Bung Mokhtar, a seasoned Umno lawmaker, is the most senior member of the ruling coalition after Umno Youth leader Khairy Jamaluddin to urge the federal government to delay the newly-introduced traffic enforcement system.
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However, Bung Mokhtar was reported to have said that the system was necessary to “discipline” road users for the good of all.

“AES is excellent as a step to discipline drivers who use the roads,” the Kinabatangan MP was quoted as saying.
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Lawmakers have also argued that the AES would only benefit the two companies running the system ― Beta Tegap and ATES ― as the firms will allegedly stand to earn RM16 from each summons issued by the AES.

Call off AES for now, BN MP urges government

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“That means 40 per cent will not be installed,” Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said at a press conference today, referring to the 331 out of the planned 831 cameras under the nationwide AES scheme.

Malaysian Insider

Pakatan states to block AES cameras rollout

UPDATED @ 05:35:01 PM 29-10-2012
By Ida Lim
October 29, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 29 ― All four Pakatan Rakyat (PR)-governed states have decided to suspend the federal government’s controversial Automated Enforcement System (AES) that detects speeding motorists.
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Lim said approval from state administrations was needed for the project initiated by the federal government.

The state authorities will withhold approval for the installation of AES cameras until they receive more information, he added.

“For the time being, we suspend (our authorisation); we want to have further discussion.”

He also said the PR states also wished to obtain the public’s feedback on the camera system first.

“(It’s) not that we want to encourage the committing of offence as we please, but do it correctly, do it well,” Lim said.

Pakatan states to block AES cameras rollout

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Malaysia Chronicle

Thursday, 25 October 2012 18:17

The credibility of AES

The drawbacks and weaknesses of the Automatic Enforcement System (AES) have been gradually revealed and if the Road Transport Department (RTD) does not make a comprehensive review, the AES might not be able to achieve the desired objectives due to the lack of credibility.

The PAS-backed Kempen Anti-Saman Ekor (Kase) uncovered that many of the 831 locations where AES cameras would be set up were incredulous, with some of them located in the middle of the sea and jungle….
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It was reported earlier that among the locations where AES cameras would be installed, five of them were located at 30km/h zones and some with inconspicuous or without a signboard to warn motorists about the cameras.
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The people cannot understand why the AES is handed over to private companies, instead of having a group of experts in the Transport Ministry to manage the system.

The accuracy of the AES has also been questioned. Although Miros claimed that the AES system and instruments are complying with the Weights and Measures Act of Malaysia and all authentication procedures are based on the international standard developed by the International Organization of Legal Metrology (OIML). However, has it been tested and verified by foreign experts?
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Most crucially, not like other countries where only the rich can afford to drive, most motorists in Malaysia are middle and low-income earners due to the poor public transport infrastructure. The RM300 flat fine of the AES summonses is absolutely politically incorrect.
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-Sin Chew Daily

The credibility of AES

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This camera will soon be SLEEPING ON THE JOB.

Less money for the money-hungry!

AMNO Electronic Sideincome tumbang lagi!

| Oct 25, 2012

Lagi KAMERA AES tumbang.

Ini gambar yang tersebar di facebook.

Majoriti seronok dan suka. Aku taktahu punca kenapa ia tumbang. Setakat neh pun depa cuma havoc owhhh lagi AES tumbang….

Ada yang cakap ia perbuatan vandalisme.

Ada yang cakap ia tumbang sebab low quality.

***Sumber Berita Dari: http://mediaperak.net/2012/10/25/amno-electronic-sideincome-tumbang-lagi/

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MediaPerak

Kamera AES Berharga RM120,000 Tumbang Menyembah Bumi!

Rempuh AES kerana Silau!

Sebuah kamera AES tumbang kerana di langgar oleh sebuah kenderaan yang pemandunya terperanjat setelah lampu sportligt yang sangat menyilaukan mata dari AES ini berkelip di hadapannya dan mengenai tepat pada mata dan penglihatannya.

Akibat dari kejadian itu sepasukan anggota bomba terpaksa di kerah dan bergegas ke tempat kejadian yang mana kamera AES itu telah gagal berfungsi dengan sempurna dan hampir 30 minit tidak henti henti berkelip setelah pelanggaran itu, dikatakan urat sarat AES ini telah tersumbat dan putus.

Ini menyebabkan gangguan pada pengguna jalanraya yang lain yang mana ianya menyilaukan mata dan membuatkan trafik tidak bergerak sejauh 10 kilometer akibat orang ramai takut terkena bahan radioaktif yang di hasilkan dari kilauan cahaya dari kamera AES itu.

Ketika kejadian, seorang saksi mengatakan, bagaimana kamera AES yang berharga RM 120 ribu ini tidak mempunyai ketahanan yang kuat dan kukuh? Sepatutnya kamera AES ini tidak akan tumbang kerana dengan harga sebegitu mahal, adalah mustahil ia adalah barang tiruan yang lembik dan tidak berkualiti.

Semasa kejadian, keadaan jalan yang teruk dan berlubang lubang menyukarkan lagi pasukan bomba untuk sampai ke kawasan kejadian, bomba akhirnya dapat menyelesaikan masalah itu apabila kamera AES itu tadi di humban ke dalam lori mengangkut sampah dari majlis bandaraya.

sumber – Kelab Greenboc

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Demo bantah ST1M (saman trafik 1malaysia) di JPJ Ipoh

| Oct 17, 2012 | Comments 0

oleh: al Husseyn

Mengkayakan kroni?   Pagi tadi sekitar jam 10.00, satu demo membantah pelaksanaan AES atau ST1M ( Saman Trafik1 Malaysia ) telah diadakan dihadapan pintu masuk JPJ Ipoh.

Mengapa diswastakan?

Demo tersebut bertujuan menentang kezaliman sistem tersebut tajaan kerajaan Barisan Nasional dan mendesak agar Saman Trfik 1Malaysia AES ini dimansuhkan.

***Sumber Berita Dari: http://mediaperak.com/2012/10/17/demo-bantah-st1m-saman-trafik-1malaysia-di-jpj-ipoh/

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Free Malaysia Today

100 demonstrate against AES in Ipoh
  • Zulaikha Zulkifli
  • 1:55PM Oct 17, 2012

Some 100 protesters today gathered in front of the Road Transport Department office in Ipoh to urge the government to cancel the setting up of the new Automated Enforcement System (AES) for traffic offences.

PKR Youth assistant secretary Saifullah Zulkifli (left) said the one-hour gathering, which began at 10am, was merely the start of an ongoing campaign, with protests to be organised in every state.

“We are organising this into a people’s movement. (We) will collect signatures in protest and will go to from state to state to demonstrate.
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The morning’s demonstration was also attended by Teja assemblyperson Chang Li Kang, who is also a state PKR leader.

Saman Rakyat 1Malaysia or SR1M

The group was heard crying out “hidup rakyat (long live the people)” and “kroni kaya rakyat derita (Cronies get rich while the people suffer)” during the demonstration, while carrying signs and banners which read, “say no to AES” and “beri rebat RM200, kena saman RM300 (give RM200 rebate, but RM300 fine)”.

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100 demonstrate against AES in Ipoh

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Malaysian Insider

AES not money-making machine, says MCA President

UPDATED @ 07:10:02 PM 16-10-2012
By Zurairi AR
October 16, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 16 — MCA President, Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek has stressed today that the Automated Enforcement System (AES) is not a money-making machine.

He also invited members of the DAP to help educate people about the system, and urged that the matter should not be politicised.

“It sounds like the whole country is fixed and wired with cameras,” he said while criticising the opposition party. “Until today, only 14 have been installed.”

While only 14 of the cameras have been installed in the first phase of the Road Transport Department (JPJ) project, a total of 831 cameras will be installed in traffic hotspots nationwide after its completion.

ATES Sdn Bhd and Beta Tegap Sdn Bhd, which recently won the contract for the AES, have come under fire for claiming between RM600 million and RM800 million as cost to install 831 cameras in traffic hotspots nationwide.

AES not money-making machine, says MCA President

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JPJ speaks….

RTD…denied allegations by certain parties that the system, when implemented, would result in 170 million summonses being issued to motorists.

Malaysiakini

AES to reduce deaths, not reap profits
6:06PM Oct 16, 2012

The Road Transport Department (RTD) has denied that the implementation of the controversial Automated Enforcement System (AES) is aimed at profiting the companies involved in setting it up, but is directed at reducing road fatalities and accidents.

In a statement today, the RTD said that based on international studies, the electronic enforcement system could help reduce road fatalities by between 17 to 71 percent, citing France as an example, where it had recorded 27 percent decline in fatalities while Kuwait recorded a 48 percent decline in road accidents within three years.

“The system is to further increase what is called as the Perception of Being Caught (POBC) and reduce road accidents and fatalities which have been rising, resulting in the government (having) to bear higher expenses.

“It is not directed at issuing summonses or fines on road users or to profit the company implementing the system. The AES is a long-term move to reduce road accidents, especially road death cases,” the department said in the  statement.

AES to reduce deaths, not reap profits

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In Kuala Lumpur, BAD NEWS for drivers dependent on DBKL for good and timely reports on traffic conditions…

Auditor-General’s Report 2011
The audit found that the level of faulty equipment was “tidak memuaskan (not satisfactory)” and warned that functionality of the camera equipment will affect that efficiency of the monitoring system, known formally as Integrated Transport Information System (Itis).

DBKL had replied to the auditor-general’s department, stating that the cameras employed for Itis were beyond its shelf life, frequently damaged and there was difficulty in finding replacement parts.

The equipment was also prone to vandalism and theft.

Malaysiakini

Majority of DBKL’s traffic cameras faulty
3:59PM Oct 15, 2012

A RM366 million project to monitor traffic in Kuala Lumpur is hampered by the fact that more than half of the cameras involved are not working, according to the Auditor-General’s Report 2011.

To monitor traffic, the system employed 255 closed-circuit television cameras (CCTV) and another series of cameras known as the automatic incident detection system (AID), involving 728 units.

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Based on the information received from these cameras, Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) will then broadcast traffic information through electronic message boards (VMS) and its call centre services.

However, the audit found that between January 2009 and August 2011, 51 percent to 56 percent of the CCTV units were not functional while 60 percent to 83.9 percent of the AID units were in similar condition.

During the same time period, between 27.1 percent to 67.9 percent of the 140 VMS units were faulty.

Figures for faulty equipment varies every year as maintenance work, valued at RM16.21 million for the stated time period, are conducted by private contractors.

Majority of DBKL’s traffic cameras faulty

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The two companies stand to gain up to RM270 million for the second tier, which awards them half of the revenue collected; and 7.5 per cent of the remaining revenue under tier 3 (Lim Guan Eng)

Malaysian Insider

AES concession holders stand to gain RM700m a year from traffic summons

October 14, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 14 — A controversial enforcement system introduced last month aimed at cutting down traffic offences has raised eyebrows over the huge profits, an estimated RM700 million a year, the two companies who won the coveted government concession will gain from the pool of settled summons.

ATES Sdn Bhd and Beta Tegap Sdn Bhd, which won recently the contract for the Automated Enforcement System (AES), have also come under fire for claiming between RM600 million and RM800 million as cost to install 831 cameras in traffic hotspots nationwide.

“Does it cost RM600-800 million as claimed by both companies to install the 831 cameras which would cost RM722,000-RM962,000 per camera?” DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng asked in a statement today.

He noted that the project was opposed when it was mooted nearly a decade ago due to the perception of unfair largesse to the concession holders through a three-tiered system paid out from a pool of settled summons.

Lim, a trained accountant who is also Penang chief minister, noted that the companies will gain RM16 for each of the first five million summons paid by traffic offenders in the first tier, resulting in a sum of RM80 million.

AES concession holders stand to gain RM700m a year from traffic summons

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Malaysiakini

Gov’t taking back BR1M with AES, says Guan Eng
  • Nigel Aw
  • 5:03PM Oct 14, 2012

The government dishing out RM500 to low-income households under the Bantuan Rakyat 1Mlalaysia (BR1M) pales in comparison to the amount it and its private partners can rake in with the newly-implemented Automated Enforcement System (AES), says DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng.

“What good is it if the government gives RM500? Two summonses and everything will be taken back, and with an additional profit,” Lim said during the opening of the Kuala Lumpur DAP convention at the party headquarters.

The AES was implemented in cooperation with ATES Sdn Bhd and Beta Tegap Sdn Bhd which are entitled to a cut of the RM300 summons.

Lim acknowledged that the system has caused widespread anger and urged party leaders to take up this issue.

“Are the people angry? If they are angry, this is our chance to explain it to the rakyat,” he said.

Gov’t taking back BR1M with AES, says Guan Eng

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Sundaily

Penang to delay AES implementation

Posted on 13 October 2012 – 07:46pm

GEORGE TOWN (Oct 13, 2012): The Penang state government will delay the implementation of Automated Enforcement System (AES) in the state until a proper analysis be carried out.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said the state government is viewing the implementation of AES with great concern while at the same time awaiting feedbacks from the state’s two local councils.
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His concern comes after it was reported that 39 AES cameras for speed traps and 18 for traffic lights would be set up in Penang soon under the proposal.

Penang Island Municipal Council (MPPP) has since rejected the proposed AES as it would burden the people in the state as the design is not based on the traffic plans. However, the Seberang Perai Municipal Council (MPSP) will decide in a meeting on Monday.

Penang to delay AES implementation

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AES: Money over safety

Chua Jui Meng, 08 October 2012

The Automated Enforcement System (AES) adopted by the Malaysian Road Transport Department (RTD) should be lauded by the rakyat (people) if the intention is truly to save lives. As it is, the intention seems to be aimed at punishing motorists and to collect hefty fines from the rakyat to top up the depleting national coffer.

In the same vein, the AES can be used by the Barisan Nasional (BN) to recover the various one-time cash handouts that are aimed at buying your support in the next general election.And the AES is expected to recover many times more in the long-run the measly cash handouts.

If the BN government’s intention to save the rakyat from fatal road crashes is sincere, then it should have the right infrastructure fully in place before enforcing the AES.

Australia has one of the lowest rates of road accidents in the world. Why is that? Because they use the Global Positioning System (GPS) and LED boards to warn motorists of speed trap cameras installed at dangerous road and highway stretches.

The Australian government’s intention is to help save lives by telling motorists to slow down at such “death stretches”, not collect hefty fines for revenue.

Compare that with the BN government. They implement the AES to catch and slap hefty fines on motorists! The BN’s intention is clearly not about saving lives but to collect hefty fines.
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For the record, Australia registered 1,715 road fatalities in 2002 compared with 1,291 in 2011, a 4.5% drop in fatal road accidents. Instead, Malaysia’s road fatalities rose by 12% from 2,000 to 2009. Total deaths: 6,218 in 2009.

* The writer is vice president, Parti Keadilan Rakyat.

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Malaysiakini

Group: AES not installed at accident-prone areas
  • Hazlan Zakaria
  • 2:53PM Oct 11, 2012

PAS-linked NGO Kempen Anti Saman Ekor (Kase) today called into question why the Automated Enforcement System (AES) for traffic offences is not installed at accident-prone areas when its purpose was reportedly to prevent road accidents.

“We are doubtful that the system installation locations are at traffic-prone areas. Some are at 50kph areas and 70kph areas.

“What will collide there, a python and a turtle? Or between bullock carts?” asked its chairperson Mahfuz Omar (right), who is also PAS Pokok Sena MP, at a press conference in the parliament lobby today.

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Group: AES not installed at accident-prone areas

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Fong Po Kuan (DAP-Batu Gajah) stood up in support of her fellow elected representative, relating how a stretch of highway in Kajang, where the speed limit is at 110kph except for a stretch where it is 90kph, which is where the AES system is installed as if intentionally trying to entrap the rakyat.

Malaysiakini

In bipartisan move, MPs want AES deferred and revamped
  • Hazlan Zakaria
  • 4:13PM Oct 10, 2012

In a surprise bipartisan move, backbenchers and Opposition MPs formed an impromptu alliance in the Dewan Rakyat today, to speak out against the soon to be up and running Automated Enforcement System (AES) for traffic offences.

The matter was first brought up during Sim Tong Him’s (DAP-Kota Melaka) turn at debating the 2013 Budget.

Sim wanted the government to look at revamping the speed limit laws prior to the AES’ full implementation, as inconsistent speed limits on the highways may victimise the rakyat when speed limits suddenly vary on the same stretch of road, and the automated camera-based system penalising them at such areas.

The system’s implementation, he said, should be frozen for now, as other than inconsistent speed limits, many other amenities like traffic lights are still not standardised and this may cause the system to record false offenses.

In bipartisan move, MPs want AES deferred and revamped

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Mahfuz moots ‘Saman Rakyat 1Malaysia’

Harakahdaily, 05 October 2012

Oct 5: The newly implemented Automated Enforcement System (AES) which has recorded summonses at the rate of 3,344 images for traffic offences within two days continued to be scorned, this time with a suggestion for it to be renamed.

PAS vice president Mahfuz Omar said the system should be renamed ‘Saman Rakyat 1Malaysia’, in line with the trend by prime minister Najib Razak’s administration to use his ‘1Malaysia’ political slogan for government projects.

Mahfuz said the name was apt as AES was a ‘kongsi-tium’ designed to benefit MCA.

“AES was designed specifically based on the ‘kongsi-tium’ practised by BN, ‘You help me, I help you’,” quipped the Pokok Sena member of parliament, who said the AES was making profit out of people’s misery.

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Deputy Transport Minister Abdul Rahim Bakri, “Taking into account the high investment rate involving billions of ringgit for five years, as well as the detail rate that will occur when drivers are guaranteed to be careful, then these companies will definitely face losses,” the Kudat MP said.”

BUT WHO BELIEVES HIM?  Read 64,000 ‘nabbed’ by cameras in 8 days

NST
05 October 2012 | last updated at 01:06AM

64,000 ‘nabbed’ by cameras in 8 days

KUALA LUMPUR: Almost 64,000 images of traffic offenders captured using the Automated Enforcement System (AES) are being studied by the Road Transport Department (RTD), said Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Abdul Rahim Bakri yesterday.He told the Dewan Rakyat that 63,558 images were taken between Sept 23 and 30 at 14 locations using 10 fixed and four mobile cameras.“The most common offences were speeding and beating the red light.Read more: 64,000 ‘nabbed’ by cameras in 8 days – Top News – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/top-news/64-000-nabbed-by-cameras-in-8-days-1.152797#ixzz28Ww6QlZf

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Free Malaysia Today

‘AES concessionaires at risk of loss’

Anisah Shukry | October 4, 2012

Rather than profiteering from the multi-million ringgit summons project, signs point to losses for the two firms awarded the AES, says RTD.

KUALA LUMPUR: The firms awarded the Automated Enforcement System (AES) risk losing profit due to reduced traffic summonses, said Deputy Transport Minister Abdul Rahim Bakri today, refuting claims that the multi-million ringgit project is merely a rent-seeking venture.

The project, which was mooted nearly a decade ago, has faced fierce opposition because its concessionaires – ATES Sdn Bhd and Beta Tegap Sdn Bhd – are able to recoup their expenditures through a three-tiered system paid out from a pool of settled summons:

Tier 1: RM16 for each of the first five million summonses issued (RM80 million).

Tier 2: 50% of the balance of the revenue collected for the remainder, up to RM270 million. The government gets an equal amount.

Tier 3: 7.5% of the remaining revenue in the pool. The government will get to keep the rest.

But Abdul Rahim said today that there were signs that the AES – a system of cameras which captures photos and videos of errant drivers – had succeeded in reducing traffic violations since its inception on Sept 12.

“There are signs that this system is truly working. For example, take the area around the 26th km of Jalan Ipoh, Kuala Kangsar, Sungai Siput.

“In the first three days, we caught 500 images [of traffic offences]. That number reduced to 50. Now, zero,” he told Parliament today.

He said a similarly drastic reduction in traffic offences could be found at the 85th km of the same stretch of road, and that this was the risk the two firms had to take.

‘AES concessionaires at risk of loss’

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Since the implementation of AES on Sept 23, 63,558 images of motorists have been captured.

Star

Thursday October 4, 2012 MYT 2:51:34 PM

AES summonses to be issued by JPJ only after verifying offences

By MAZWIN NIK ANIS

KUALA LUMPUR: Summonses against errant road users caught under the Automated Enforcement System (AES) will be issued by the Road Transport Department (JPJ) only after it has verified that an offence has indeed been committed.Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Abdul Rahim Bakri told the Dewan Rakyat Thursday that ATES Sdn Bhd and Bina Tegap Sdn Bhd– the two companies appointed to install the cameras – were not tasked with issuing summonses.”Since the implementation of AES on Sept 23, 63,558 images of motorists have been captured.”However, JPJ is in the midst of determining whether offences were actually committed. Therefore, no summonses have been issued and no revenue is registered,” he said in response to a question by Dr Lee Boon Chye (PRK-Gopeng).

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JPJ Director flaunts his new money-making gadget!

Star

  • 26 Sep 2012
  • The Star Malaysia
  • for report by EILEEN NG

A word to the wise: when the traffic light turns amber, stop. You have just two seconds before it turns red and you are caught on camera committing an offence. In just two days of the Automated Enforcement System being in force and with only 14 cameras in

PETALING JAYA: When the light turns amber, you have just two seconds before it turns red and the cameras catch you committing a traffic offence under the Automated Enforcement System.

This allowance is given in consideration of the “human element” in the event that you are not able to stop immediately when the light turns amber.

Under the AES, you are also given a leeway of 10kph beyond the speed limit, according to Road Transport Department director-general Datuk Solah Mat Hassan.

For example, if the speed limit is 110kph, you will only be “captured” on AES camera if you exceed 120kph, he told a media briefing here yesterday.

Leeway given to drivers under Automated Enforcement System

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It begins at midnight. That means Sunday 23 September 2012.

The money-making scheme disguised as accident-reducing ploy officially begins.

Malaysian Insider

AES to start capturing images of traffic offenders at midnight

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 22 — The Automated Enforcement System (AES) will start operation from midnight at 14 hot spots to catch those exceeding speed limits and beating the red lights.

In the first phase, 14 cameras were installed in Perak, Selangor, Putrajaya and Kuala Lumpur with 10 of the cameras able to detect speeding while four more detect those beating the traffic light.

Road Transport Department (RTD) director-general, Datuk Solah Mat Hassan said more cameras would be installed at 817 hot locations under phase 2 which would see AES being implemented throughout the country.

AES to start capturing images of traffic offenders at midnight

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They are coming after you for your money LATER THIS MONTH which means SOON!

AES: Traffic offenders to get notices within 5 days

Posted on 18 September 2012 – 08:35am

Hemananthani Sivanandam
newsdesk@thesundaily.com

PUTRAJAYA (Sept 17, 2012): Errant motorists caught on camera by the Automated Enforcement System (AES) will be notified within five days by the Road Transport Department (RTD).

“This way, the registered owner should not have trouble remembering who was driving the car at the point of offence – as opposed to if they were to find out about the offence one or two months later,” RTD director-general Datuk Solah Mat Hassan told theSun in an interview.

The AES is expected to be enforced later this month.

Solah said the notice sent to a registered owner will include an image of the vehicle captured by the AES camera and also relevant information such as the time, date and place of the offence.

The photo will clearly show the number plate of the vehicle, the face of the driver and the recorded speed of the vehicle at that moment.

However, the face of the front passenger (if any) will be blocked out, as he or she does not have anything to do with the offence committed by the driver.

Vehicle owners who want more details of the offence, may call at any RTD office for clarification.

AES: Traffic offenders to get notices within 5 days

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Sundaily

AES will not change driving attitude

Posted on 24 August 2012 – 05:05am

I REFER to “Poetic Justice” (Front page, Aug 22). At first, it seemed reasonable to read the minister’s comment that if you are not a traffic offender, nobody will gain. But we know that this is not a realistic way in reducing traffic offences as claimed.

Who the traffic offenders pay does not affect their driving attitude. Why then would the government privatise it? Does it include the backlog of unpaid summonses? If the equipment is provided by a private company, who is monitoring them? The police or civilians?

Is issuing summonses or collecting them the main problem with the police? If so, the police should expand the force with a special group of personnel to resolve the issue because it will be financed by the exercise.

Moreover, the fact that Malaysia is perhaps the only country in the world where it is cheaper for offenders to pay their summonses later rather than sooner is actually encouraging more traffic offenders to wait for the next discount offering by the police. Otherwise, in this age of computerisation, how difficult can it be to track and bar traffic offenders from renewing their driving licence or road tax?

Unless one does not need to drive or the said vehicle does not need to be on the road anymore, the person has no choice but to pay up in the end. Thus, the problem is not privatising the process but the enforcement of it.

Thing
Kuala Lumpur

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Sundaily

Traffic offenders will indirectly be paying for AES

The most important points in this report:

1 LIE OF THE WEEK
Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha, “…the issue was not whether the companies or the government collects the fines (but) to deter people from breaking traffic rules and help reduce the high number of fatal road accidents.”

Blogger’s reply, “Haha, you could have fooled me but….”

2 MOST STUPID STATEMENT OF THE WEEK
Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha, “People say maybe these companies will collect too much money, but I say why worry, if you are not a traffic offender?……If everyone abides by the traffic rules, then there will be nothing for them to collect. So why enrich them?”

Blogger’s reply, “Why would private companies, including the one owned by the MCA crony, go into it with the intention of NOT making any money?”

3 ALMOST MADE IT TO THE MOST STUPID STATEMENT OF THE WEEK
Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha,“We will only roll out once the system is found to be flawless and foolproof,” Kong said, adding he will only give the green light when the system is certified, calibrated and not challengeable in court….The AES summonses should not be challengeable in court. There should be no loop holes for the people to challenge it, which is why it has to be perfect.”

Posted on 22 August 2012 – 08:21am

Hemananthani Sivanandam
newsdesk@thesundaily.com

PUTRAJAYA (Aug 21, 2012): Errant drivers “caught” committing traffic offences by cameras set up under the Automated Enforcement System (AES) will indirectly be paying for the system.

Call it poetic justice, but it will be fines collected from traffic offenders and not taxpayers’ money which will be used to pay for the system.

Under the terms of the privately-financed AES project, two companies which put up the capital to instal and operate the system, will be getting their returns through a share of the fines collected over a period of five years.

“(This is because) everything is borne by them. The government does not spend any money on the implementation or the equipment for AES,” said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha.

The two companies, ATES Sdn Bhd and Beta Tegap Sdn Bhd, are reportedly spending between RM300 million to RM400 million each for the project to set up over 1,000 traffic cameras at more than 800 “black spots” nationwide.

Beta Tegap holds the concession for the southern part of the peninsular from Selangor and Pahang downwards, while ATES holds the concession for the rest of the country, including Sabah and Sarawak.

Under the terms of the concession agreements, each company will get to recoup their outlay through a three-tiered system paid out from a pool from settled summonses:

Tier 1: RM16 for each of the first five million summonses issued (RM80 million).
Tier 2: 50% of the balance of the revenue collected beyond the first five million summonses, excluding amount taken in Tier 1 and subject to maximum of RM270 million. The government gets an equal amount.
Tier 3: 7.5% of the remaining revenue in the pool, excluding amounts received in first two tiers. The government will get to keep the rest.

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Traffic offenders will indirectly be paying for AES

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If you’re coming from Singapore for the holidays, see what OUR POLICE HAVE WAITING FOR YOU!

THEY WANT YOUR SINGAPORE DOLLARS, TOO!  🙂

A cousin posted this
If the Malaysian Police really want to help drivers to drive safely, why don’t they put up warning signs to say “Speed check camera ahead”. I think most drivers will slow down. Then the Police need to put up cameras at only a few places (the others are dummies). This way, it will save cost plus getting people to drive within the speed limit at many places. This is what the Singapore police do. Divers are unable to tell whether it is a dummy or a real camera, especially if the police switch the cameras around frequently.

Blogger’s reply
They want our money.

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New Version of Speed trap on Malaysian Highways

What is this? It’s a hidden camera, a speed trap! In Malaysia.
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Safe driving advisory to motorists travelling to M’sia
Posted: 13 August 2012 1216 hrs

SINGAPORE: The Singapore Road Safety Council is advising motorists to practise safe road user habits inside Singapore and outside.

With the Hari Raya Puasa public holiday coming up this weekend, many motorists from Singapore may be planning to travel to Malaysia whether for family reunions or for a well-deserved holiday break.

The council said motorists should plan well and be prepared for heavy traffic conditions on the roads in Malaysia.

To cope with the stress, motorists should expect that some road journeys might take much longer than expected, and to have contingency options in the event of unavoidable delays.

Motorists should not rush at the expense of safety.

CNA/cc

Safe driving advisory to motorists travelling to M’sia

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THE PURPOSE OF THE NEW HIDDEN SPEED TRAPS IS TO GENERATE INCOME FOR THE GOVERNMENT (and for two private firms, Beta Tegap Sdn Bhd, allegedly linked to MCA, and ATES Sdn Bhd).

To ensure efficiency in collecting fines, the process has been privatised!

Beta Tegap Sdn Bhd, allegedly linked to MCA, and ATES Sdn Bhd which installed traffic observation cameras to nab traffic offenders on the southern and northern sides, are entitled to RM16 per summons for the first five million issued. The remaining revenue will be shared with the government up to a cap of RM270 million each, according to a report.

Malaysia Chronicle

Saturday, 11 August 2012 06:20

If goal is to educate motorists, then name the location of SPEED TRAPS

If educating motorists is indeed the main motive behind the automatic traffic enforcement system (AES) cameras, the government should then reveal their location.

In making this demand, Malaysian Youth Solidarity Movement said by telling drivers the location of the cameras, motorists would abide by traffic rules.

“The Transport ministry and Road Transport Department or police should reveal the location of AES cameras so that drivers can take extra precaution during their journey home for Hari Raya,” said SAMM national coordinator Yaser Sheikh Abdul Rahman.

The AES system, a new speed trap system which critics have claimed was to profit politically-linked businessmen, had came under fire following the revelation of a profit-sharing scheme for the operating companies through money collected from summonses issued.

Beta Tegap Sdn Bhd, allegedly linked to MCA, and ATES Sdn Bhd which installed traffic observation cameras to nab traffic offenders on the southern and northern sides, are entitled to RM16 per summonse for the first five million issued. The remaining revenue will be shared with the government up to a cap of RM270 million each, according to a report.

The AES system will be in operation from August 12, ahead of Hari Raya celebration when traffic summonses usually peak.

Yaser hit out at the government for ignoring protests over the privatisation of traffic summonses.

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“Once it’s over 5 million [summonses], the Transport Ministry will get 50 percent and both companies will receive the other 50 percent,” he said, adding that both Beta Tegap and ATES could potentially earn up to RM272 million a year.

-Harakahdaily

If goal is to educate motorists, then name the…

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If you don’t update your address, how would they send you a summons?

Star

  • 7 Aug 2012
  • Metro South & East

Address update

Motorists and motorcyclists are urged to update their addresses or be penalised. KUALA TERENGGANU: The careless attitude of motorists and motorcyclists in not updating their current addresses has resulted in outstanding Road Transport Department (JPJ) summonses.

Terengganu JPJ director Abdul Rahman Emang Anyie advised them to update their addresses to enable the JPJ to send notices or summonses to them.

He told Bernama that for customer convenience to update their addresses, JPJ had frequently organised the “One Community, One JPJ programme” in the state, and opened several JPJ counters at the Sabasun supermarket and JPJ branch offices in Besut and Kemaman.

He said those who failed to update their addresses could be charged under Section 58 A of the Road Transport Act 1987 (Amendment 2011) which carries a fine up to RM2,000, upon conviction.

Address update
Motorists and motorcyclists are urged to update their addresses or be penalised.

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Star

Thursday August 2, 2012

On-the-spot fine payment wrong

I REFER to the report “Proposal To Make Traffic Offenders Pay On The Spot” (The Star, Aug 1).

I applaud the Government’s efforts to reduce road offences such as speeding and beating traffic lights as these are fatal to the offenders and other road users.

BUT, I have reservations with the idea of paying cash on the spot (which the Government sees as a way of overcoming unpaid summonses).

Unlike the VIPS (who have their own reserved parking lots and chauffered cars) or the rich (who have chaufferred cars and cash in hand), we (the lower middle class and poor citizens) unfortunately, often do not have RM100 ready cash to carry around to pay for traffic offences such as illegal parking (due to lack of available public parking in places where we have to carry out our essential daily chores).

Is the government going to clamp or tow away the numerous motorcycles and cars of the lower strata of citizens and further burden them and drive them to loan sharks to redeem their vehicles which they need to eke out a living?

Top officials and the rich do not understand that the lower strata of people easily get trapped into loanshark debts due to small amounts of a hundred ringgit.

Before the government penalises the citizens for offences which are due to poor planning of public facilities and infrastructure, upgrade them so that ordinary citizens can use them.

People will park legally when legal parking is available. Please pity the majority of poor city dwelling citizens who will be punished daily by poor city planning .

PHOEBE

Penang

On-the-spot fine payment wrong
A letter from PHOEBE Penang

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Malay Mail

On-the-spot fines need study, says IGP

Thursday, August 02, 2012 – 12:31
Location:
KUALA LUMPUR

POLICE will need time to review the suggestion by the Special Commission to study the Transformation of the Civil Service that traffic offenders pay fines on the spot.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar said there was nothing wrong with the proposal but it had to be studied to see if it worked.

On-the-spot fines need study, says IGP

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Sundaily

AES to be implemented from Aug 12 – Rahim

Posted on 31 July 2012 – 02:30pm
Last updated on 31 July 2012 – 04:29pm

KUALA LUMPUR (July 31, 2012): The Automated Enforcement System (AES) will be fully implemented nationwide from Aug 12, Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Abdul Rahim Bakri.

He said the system would be installed at 560 accident prone areas and 265 traffic light junctions.

AES, which involves the use of high-technology camera, would detect traffic offenders, including those who beat the red traffic light sign and exceeded the speed limit, he told a media conference after launching the ‘Be Seen, Stay Safe’ Yamaha Balik Kampung road safety campaign at the Sungai Besi toll plaza here today.

Bernama

AES to be implemented from Aug 12 – Rahim

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Star

  • 1 Aug 2012
  • The Star Malaysia

AES to nab traffic offenders

Move to curb accidents during Raya period

KUALA LUMPUR: The traffic enforcement using cameras to catch motorists and motorcyclists for speeding and running red lights will begin on Aug 12.

Getting ahead with safety: Yamaha counter sales clerk Hasmunaliza Hassan showing the safe way to ride on the road after the launch of the Yamaha Balik Kampung Road Safety Campaign.

Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Abdul Rahim Bakri said the Automated Enforcement System (AES) which uses cameras would be used during the festive period to curb the two main offences.

AES to nab traffic offenders

Read earlier reports

1 This is a 2009 report
Automatic
Enforcement System to reduce road accidents | My …

PETALING JAYA: The Road Transport Department (JPJ) will be implementing the new Automatic Enforcement System by stages to ensure that road users abide by traffic …

www.mysinchew.com/node/29560 – Cached

2 There is a Malaysian Insider report that discusses problems with the AES

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 14 — A controversy over speed camera technology will be reignited today when the government tables 50 amendments to the Road Transport Act 1987, as critics say the RM700 million project is using faulty systems.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha told The Malaysian Insider that the government has yet to award the tender for the Automatic Enforcement System (AES) until the new law is passed to allow photographs to be used as evidence in traffic court.

“There are many other amendments to the law that are very important too but this part is being highlighted. When road accidents happen, people always tell the government to impose stricter laws to curb offences on the road,” he pointed out.

Kong said the government had not imposed any deadline on when it planned to award the tender. — File pic

Kong said the government had not imposed any deadline on when it planned to award the tender but stopped short of disagreeing that two companies had already been selected to set up unmanned speed cameras at nearly 1,000 hotspots across the country.

There have been complaints that the two companies are using technologies that have led to millions in lawsuits abroad.

When approached by Kong’s predecessor in Parliament yesterday, however, Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat confirmed that Letters of Intent (LOI) had already been issued for the companies following the live demonstration involving seven interested firms held between June 17 and July 21, 2007.

“The contract has not been awarded yet, that is true, but there are the LOIs. At that point in time when I was still the transport minister, we decided that it would only be right for us to award the tender to these two companies after we have passed the [amendments to the] legislation.

“Otherwise, it would not have been right,” Ong told The Malaysian Insider.

The two firms that scored top marks during the demonstration were Commerical Circle (M) Sdn Bhd and Beta Tegap Sdn Bhd, both of which allegedly do not possess Intellectual Properties (IPs) for their respective systems — the Redflex (Australia) and Robot (Germany).

But other bidders for the contract have since complained that the two companies had not followed specifications during the demonstration and had given more prominence to detecting offences instead of the accuracy of their readings.

One firm, Tess Capital Sdn Bhd of Tess Group, has already lodged a report with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) on the matter, complaining that it had been sidelined.

The MSC-status firm has claimed that it was officially recognised as an AES supplier by the New South Wales government after it had passed an 18-month trial in 2008. It has also apparently spent millions in research and development on its technology.

Sources have also told The Malaysian Insider earlier that both the Redflex and Robot systems had landed Australia’s Road Transport Authority (RTA) in the soup after inaccurate readings forced law-abiding motorists to pay traffic summonses.

One source also claimed that the US Supreme Court was once even told by a Redflex director that the company had been using uncertified equipment to win contracts and to enforce fines on motorists.

“Ultimately, this means that we could be forced to pay fines for offences that we never committed,” said the source.

In several articles published in the Australian media, it was reported that both the Redflex and Robot systems had failed on numerous occasions.

For more, read:

  1. Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha told The Malaysian Insider that the government has yet to award the tender for the Automatic Enforcement System (AES) until the …

    www.themalaysianinsider.com/litee/print/malaysia/… – Cached

  2. KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 19 — The Transport Ministry is studying the implementation of an automated system for enforcement which includes the use of cameras in the effort …

    www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/transport… – Cached

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Sundaily

Proposal for traffic summonses to be paid on the spot

Posted on 31 July 2012 – 06:20pm
Last updated on 31 July 2012 – 07:07pm

PUTRAJAYA (July 31, 2012): The Special Commission to Study the Transformation of the Civil Service proposed that traffic offenders pay summonses on the spot.

Its chairman, Tun Zaki Azmi said traffic offenders who failed to pay the summonses would have their vehicles seized, clamped and towed.

“Millions of unpaid summonses are being put aside and this shows disrespect for the law. We have to force traffic offenders to respect the law,” he said after chairing the special commission’s meeting with road transport enforcement agencies at Putrajaya International Convention Centre (PICC) here today.

The meeting was attended by representatives of Ministry of Transport, Land Public Transportation Commission, Road Transport Department, Police, Shah Alam City Council, Kuantan Municipal Council and Kuching Municipal Council.

The summonses owed include RM5 million to Kuala Lumpur City Hall, RM5 million to Kuching Municipal Council, RM2.5 million to Petaling Jaya City Council and RM600,000 to Kuantan Municipal Council.

Zaki said that the amount owed did not include summonses issued by police. It should apply to all enforcement agencies for traffic offences like speeding, ignoring traffic lights and crossing the double line.

It was implemented in many countries including United Kingdom and Singapore. The question of burden to road users did not arise as it was only for traffic offenders and payment could be made via credit cards.

He said the proposal would be forwarded to the government and hopes to increase awareness among road users during the festive season.

Meanwhile, Cuepacs president Datuk Omar Osman fully supports the proposal and urged civil servants to pay their summonses to show respect for the law.

He said implementation of the proposal would increase awareness among road users and prevent them from repeating similar offences. – Bernama

Proposal for traffic summonses to be paid on the spot

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The Automatic Enforcement System will become effective from August 12, 2012.

>> ASIAONE / NEWS / ASIAONE NEWS / MALAYSIA / STORY

Difficult for traffic offenders to escape digital eyes
Sun, Oct 10, 2010
New Straits Times

KUALA LUMPUR – Road accidents are likely to be reduced with the proposed implementation of the Automatic Enforcement System (AES), featuring high resolution digital cameras linked to sensors on the roads.

The cameras will detect road users who violate traffic rules such as speeding, beating red lights, overtaking on double lane, driving on the emergency lane and even overloaded vehicles.

Redflex Traffic Systems (Asia) manager David Handley (left) said the cameras would transmit photographs and videos of motorists committing traffic offences to a control centre, which would issue summonses immediately.

He said the digital cameras would be installed at accident-prone areas. Expressways and state roads are not spared.”With this system, we hope to change the mindset of road users so they will stop violating traffic laws, thus reducing crashes and fatalities,” he said yesterday.

Used in 92 countries, the system, he added, could also be programmed to detect smuggling activities and stolen vehicles via the Automatic Licence Plate recognition.

He said the system would also enable police resources to be deployed in other areas.

Road Safety Department director-general Datuk Suret Singh said via the system, traffic offenders could no longer outwit the ministry and enforcement agencies to escape from paying summonses.

He said the “Perception Of Being Caught” (POBC) for committing a traffic offence among road users was only between 20 and 50 per cent during festive seasons.

“With the implementation of the AES, we are targeting to raise the POBC to 90 per cent.”

He added that the AES, a long-awaited system in the Road Transport Act, which is expected to be passed in Parliament soon, would also reduce human intervention and corruption by officers.

Once passed by Parliament, he said traffic offenders could no longer plead ignorance or innocence, or claim that they did not receive notices or summonses from enforcement agencies.

[Oct 10, 2010] KUALA LUMPUR – Road accidents are likely to be reduced with the proposed implementation of the Automatic Enforcement System (AES), featuring high resolution digital …
www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Malaysia/Story/A1…

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Some new fines

The blanket RM300 fine covers such offences as
1 unapproved number plates (RM300-RM3,000)
2 invalid driving licence (RM300-RM2,000)
3 speeding (RM300-RM2,000)
4 expired or no Puspakom permit (RM300-RM2,000)
5 illegal import of foreign cars (RM300-RM5,000)
6 and those who disobey traffic police instructions (RM300-RM2,000).

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Free Malaysia Today

MP: New traffic fines will spur corruption

Azman Habu | July 15, 2012

Faced with the choice of having to shell out a minimum RM300 for infringing the law or paying say RM50 to overlook the offence, the smart money would be on the unwritten “escape clause”.

TAWAU: The Road Transport (Amendment) Bill 2012 which proposes higher fines for traffic offences from a “no fixed amount” to a minimum of RM300 is guaranteed to have drivers reaching for the wallets in Sabah when they are stopped on the road.

Traffic offenders in the country have already made it a habit to pay off traffic police who are ready to turn a blind eye for some inducement.

Faced with the choice of having to shell out a minimum RM300 for infringing the law or paying say RM50 to overlook the offence, the smart money would be on the unwritten “escape clause”.

For more, read:

Read more: http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2012/07/15/mp-new-traffic-fines-will-spur-corruption/#ixzz20ncyyQ75

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