Local news daily, The Sun, has reported that the government is prepared to write-off over 1.6 million traffic offences caught by the Automated Enforcement System (AES) during the pilot stage, so that it can start its second phase with a clear plate.
It seems that offences captured at 14 AES locations nationwide has been temporarily suspended since 18th December 2012 due to technical reasons.
The report said that the technical reasons include evidence (high resolution photos of alleged traffic offences) gathering process which was done by staff of private companies and not by enforcement officers.
It cited a government source saying, “The first party role to gather the evidence should have been (carried out) by police or Road Transport Department (JPJ) enforcement officers and not private company staff. This is the cause of a legal setback.”
The government is said to rollout 350 more AES locations nationwide by the first quarter of 2016 under the second phase of the plan which will be conducted by agencies under the Transport Ministry.
The 1.6 million traffic offences is said to be a major setback to the execution of the second phase and that the government is prepared to take an extraordinary measure of writing it all off.
Another government official was quoted in the report saying, “This is an acid test (for the government). Perhaps, the government could return the fines paid to prove that AES is not a money-making exercise but a real programme for saving lives on the road.”