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PUTRAJAYA (Sept 18, 2013) : The controversial Automated Enforcement System (AES) summonses will be reduced to a minimum of RM150 from its original RM300.

Acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein however said the amount of the compound depends on how soon the summon is settled and the seriousness of it.

"It is a similar method used by the police. The more you delay the payment, the more you will have to pay, that is the principle of this," said Hishammuddin in a press conference today after attending a steering committee meeting on AES.

He explained the maximum fine however will be capped at RM300.

When asked on the backlogged summons and those who have already settled them since it came in force last September, Hishammuddin said that will be brought to the Cabinet to weigh the best method in settling it in a win-win solution.

Hishammuddin also said the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) and Road Transport Department (RTD) will streamline the summonses. He explained the enforcement and operations of AES will be done by PDRM and assisted by RTD.

Once the system in PDRM and AES is streamlined, the summonses will only be issued by the police, while RTD through the Kejara or demerit point system will ensure that traffic laws is implemented in a holistic manner.

Hishammuddin also announced that a government-owned company AES Solutions Sdn Bhd will take over the AES operations from its current concessionaires A.T.E.S and Beta Tegap Sdn Bhd.

He said the taking over of the shares of the two companies will be done in stages, adding that the takeover will be done in a transparent manner to avoid accusations of a bailout.

Hishammuddin said an independent third party will be appointed to evaluate the worth of A.T.E.S and Beta Tegap Sdn Bhd.

"The compensation cannot be excessive, which is why a third party is identified so no quarters can make profit.

"Under my watch, nobody is going to profit from this," he said.

Last Saturday, Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi confirmed that the nationwide operation of the AES cameras has been passed to the police.

It was reported that under the AES scheme, the initial plan was to install 1,093 cameras nationwide, while in the pilot phase saw 14 AES cameras already installed at locations in Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Selangor and Perak.

It was reported that 673,339 summonses have been issued and some RM20 million in compounds have been collected from then until June 11 this year.

From: The Sunday Daily

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