No more exemptions, discounts for traffic offenders under AWAS, says Loke

Transport Minister Anthony Loke says this decision was made not to punish drivers but to educate them.

PETALING JAYA: No more exemption or discount will be given for compounds issued to traffic offenders under the new Automated Awareness Safety System (AWAS) from Sept 1, Transport Minister Anthony Loke said today.

AWAS is an integration of the Automated Enforcement System (AES) and the Demerit Points System (Kejara). Traffic offenders will be imposed demerit points and also issued a RM300 compound to be paid within 60 days.

Loke said this decision was made not to punish drivers but to educate them.

He said the zero tolerance policy was adopted after the Road Transport Department (JPJ) found a three-fold increase in the number of offenders between Aug 17 and 31 when the AES scheme was suspended.

“From an average 5,000 summonses issued a day for AES offenders previously, the number of offenders caught on AES cameras jumped to 15,000 during the exemption period.

“You see how people are taking advantage of the exemption.

“I’m quite disappointed with these traffic offenders who have taken advantage of the exemption. That is why from Sept 1 onwards there will be stricter enforcement,” he said to reporters at the AES command centre.

The demerit points are based on the following offences:

  • Failure to comply with traffic light rules: four points for motor vehicles other than goods delivery vehicles and buses which will be imposed six points.
  • Driving offences exceeding the posted speed limit between one km/h and 25 km/h carry two points (motor vehicles) and four points (goods delivery vehicles and buses); speeding offences of between 25 km/h and 40 km/h above the posted limit will carry a penalty of three points (motor vehicle) and five points respectively (goods delivery vehicles and buses).

Offences of more than 40 km/h above the posted limit carry four points (motor vehicles) and six points respectively (goods delivery vehicles and buses).

When a driver reaches his first 20 demerit points, he will be issued a warning. When he reaches the next 20 points, his licence will be blacklisted (revoked). For probation drivers, their licences will be cancelled.

Demerit points can be reduced by 50% if drivers attend JPJ courses and do not incur any more summonses within a period of one year.

The effect of this blacklist action will prevent drivers from obtaining road tax renewal, renewing a driving licence or any business transaction with JPJ.

Loke said “good behaviour” would be rewarded.

“We will study how we can reward good behaviour drivers. For now, there is a suggestion from the General Insurance Association of Malaysia (PIAM) to offer a discount for No Claim Discount (NCD).

“I will initiate an immediate discussion with PIAM. There are also suggestions to offer a deduction of demerit points,” he said.

Last month, Loke announced that all the 3.1 million outstanding AES traffic summonses amounting to RM435 million had been written off.

The decision was made in advance of the JPJ taking over the operation of the AES from Sept 1, after the government decided not to renew the contract of the two concessionaires, Beta Tegap Sdn Bhd and ATES Sdn Bhd.