S’gor blocks AES implementation

SHAH ALAM: The Selangor state government has decided to block the implementation of the Automated Enforcement System (AES) after being briefed by Road Transport Department (JPJ) director-general Datuk Solah Mat Hassan.

Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim said Friday that following JPJ's briefing on Thursday at the Selangor Economic Action Council meeting, the state government would appoint an independent valuator to review if the Transport Ministry had holistically considered all necessary procedures before deciding to implement and install the AES.

"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 local councils to inform the ministry that the installation of AES contravened the law and cannot be implemented," he said in a statement.

Khalid said the agreement between the federal government and the concessionaire should be reviewed before AES was enforced, as the 17% profit margin for the concessionaire was unreasonable.
"We also propose that the collection be kept in a trust, rather than a consolidated account, so that it can fund road safety awareness programmes.

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

Through the trust account, the concessionaire would only be allowed to collect reasonable profit to recover the cost of installing AES cameras.

Source From : The Star
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