KUALA TERENGGANU: The Road Transport Department (JPJ) will proceed with its decision to install the Automated Enforcement System (AES) cameras at 831 locations nationwide before the end of next year for the safety of road users.
Director-General Datuk Solah Mat Hassan said although the move was opposed by various quarters, even becoming politicised, the JPJ was adamant in implementing the system which was currently used in several developed countries.
“We will not postpone our plan to implement the AES because it is a noble effort,” he told reporters before holding a closed- door meeting with state JPJ officers here today.
He said currently 14 AES units had been installed, with seven in Perak, Selangor (two) and five in the federal territories of Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya, apart from four mobile AES units.
According to Solah, since the implementation of AES on Sept 23, the rate of traffic offences at various strategic locations had been reduced by 75%.
Meanwhile, he said they were ready to meet political party representatives to clarify the objectives of the AES' implementation.
“If there are individuals who want to meet us, the JPJ is willing to oblige,” he said when asked to comment on allegations that the system had become politicised.
He said the department was conducting a nationwide tour to meet with government department representatives at the central and state level, as well as non-governmental organisations to explain the function of AES and how it benefited motorists.
Commenting on AES units which were vandalised at two locations in Selangor, he said such incidents were expected, having occurred to other public properties.
“There will always be people for and against the (AES) ... such incidents are expected as they also occur in other countries,” he added. - Bernama
Source From : The Star