SHAH ALAM: The Automated Enforcement System (AES) does not change the existing law or regulations for traffic offences, said Road Transport Department deputy director, Ahmad Nasir Abdul Gani.
"The public seems to be confused and consider the AES as a new law or regulation," he said during the central Ministry of Information Communication and Culture, Strengthening the Coordinating Committee Program, here yesterday.
"For instance, a summon for beating the red light is still RM300 prior to the AES. The difference now is that there is a 24-hour monitoring system via the AES camera system," he said.
A speeding ticket may also still be appealed, as before, provided there is concrete proof to mitigate it, he added.
Commenting on a report stating there was more than 60,000 traffic offences recorded by the AES since September, Ahmad Nasir said they will verified first before summonses are issued.
He emphasized that the AES was needed in order to reduce the high rate accidents and fatalities in Malaysia, with 19 deaths recorded daily.
Hopefully the AES could educate Malaysian drivers to be more cautious as there are 22 million vehicles registered in the country, with an annual increase of 10 percent, he said.
The two-day program, which started yesterday, was opened by the Information Communication and Culture Ministry, deputy secretary-general (Information), Datuk Dr Rothiah Omar.