AES should no longer be a political issue, says Kong

KLANG: The Automated Enforcement System (AES) issue should no longer be a political issue following the High Court's decision to disallow a municipal council to remove the cameras, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha said.
“Politicians should not use the issue to gain political mileage and woo voters in the general election.
“From the very beginning, the implementation of the AES was aimed at saving lives.
“Likewise, politicians should stop taking advantage of the issue for their own personal gain,” he said at a press conference after a ceremony to celebrate the 100th million container handled in Port Klang by North Port (M) Bhd here yesterday.
Earlier in the day, the Kuala Lumpur High Court ruled that the Sepang Municipal Council had no power over the construction of structures, including AES structures, on federal roads.
The court ruled that only the Works Ministry had jurisdiction over these structures.
Welcoming the decision, Kong said: “We have to respect the country's laws and regulations as we are governed by them.
“It is important that the rule of law must prevail, not only for road users but also municipal councils.”
On the port's achievement, he attributed the success to the country's economic transformation programmes and positive economic growth in China, Japan and Korea.
Source From : The Star

Selangor loses AES cameras case

KUALA LUMPUR: THE High Court yesterday quashed the notices issued by the Sepang Municipal Council directing a company to dismantle the Automated Enforcement System (AES) cameras at two locations in Selangor.
In allowing a judicial review application by the company, Beta Tegap Sdn Bhd, judge Datuk Zaleha Yusof ruled that the council had no jurisdiction over the two highways where the cameras were located.
Beta Tegap was one of the companies awarded the AES contract.
"The AES structures are located within federal roads and do not fall within the jurisdiction of the respondent (Sepang Municipal Council).
"Even though they are on state land, highways have been declared as federal roads. Therefore, the state government is under a constitutional obligation to ensure compliance and not to impede or prejudice the exercise of the executive authority of the federation," Zaleha said.
Both highways, the North-South Expressway (PLUS) and the South Klang Valley Expressway (SKVE), were declared federal roads by the works minister on Dec 27, 1988, and June 25 last year respectively.
"The fact that the land is state land does not make the respondent the owner of the land," said Zaleha, who made no order as to cost.
Zaleha also ruled that the AES pole and camera fell within the definition of "building" as defined in the Street, Drainage and Building Act 1974.
The Sepang Municipal Council's notices to the company were issued under the provisions of the Act.
The notices required Beta Tegap to apply for planning permission for the construction of the AES poles and cameras, and directed the company to dismantle them.
In its application on Dec 12, Beta Tegap challenged the council's directive in ordering the dismantling of AES cameras at Km301.7 of the PLUS highway and Km6.6 of SKVE.
The council had, in a letter dated Dec 6, ordered Beta Tegap to dismantle the cameras at the two locations within 14 days.
Counsel Gobind Singh Deo, who acted for Sepang Municipal Council, told reporters that he would advise his client to file an appeal.
Beta Tegap was represented by Alex De Silva while senior federal counsel Amarjeet Singh appeared for the Attorney-General's Chambers, who was an intervenor in the judicial review application.
The High Court has quashed the notices issued by the Sepang Municipal Council to Beta Tegap Sdn Bhd to remove the Automated Enforcement System cameras at two locations in Selangor. Pic by Fariz Iswadi Ismail

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The Automated Enforcement System (AES) is part of the Government’s effort to improve road safety in the country. The Malaysian Road Safety Plan 2006-2010 was launched to address the alarming rise of fatalities and injuries resulting from road accidents.
  • An average of 19 people killed in road crashes daily
  • Just last year, 6,877 fatalities were recorded.
  • More than half of those dead were motocyclists and/or pillion riders (4,169). This was followed by car drivers and/ or their passengers with 1,389 victims.
The strategy of the effort is to focus on 5Es: Engineering, Enforcement, Education, Enviroment and Evaluation.

The key Government agencies managing and overseeing the implementation of this Plan are the Ministry of Transport (MOT), Road Transport Department (RTD), Road Safety Department (RSD), Malaysian Institure of Road Research (MIROS), Ministry of Works (MoW) and the Royal Malaysian Police (RMP).

Just last year, the JKJR along with the Road Safety Council worked with the private sector on more than 8,000 community-based projects nationwide.

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'Council cannot take down AES'

KUALA LUMPUR: The Sepang Municipal Council has no power to issue notices for the removal of two Automated Enforcement System (AES) poles and cameras on two federal roads, a High Court heard.
Lead counsel Alex De Silva, who acted for Beta Tegap Sdn Bhd, one of two companies appointed by the Government to manage the AES, said the North-South Highway (PLUS) and South Klang Valley Expressway (SKVE) were declared federal roads.

“The council cannot use the Street, Drainage and Building Act 1974 to in­­­­­terfere on the construction of st­­­­ructures on the highways,” he added.

He argued that PLUS and SKVE were concession highways under the control and management of the Malaysian Highway Authority, which had given the approval to carry out the installation of poles and cameras.

De Silva said the company did not commit any offence under the said Act, as contended by the council in its notice, because poles and came­ras could not be considered as “buildings”.
He argued that the council did not intend to provide any opportunity for the company to be heard and had already made up its mind to tear down the AES poles.

“This is further evidenced by the stand taken by the Selangor Government that the structures are illegal and will not be allowed to be erected in the state.

“Thus, any application for planning permission, which in any event is not required, would have been an exercise in futility,” he said.

He submitted that the case was not about the efficiency of the AES system and asked the court to quash three decisions made by the council over the poles and cameras.
He applied to the court to grant a declaration that the council does not have jurisdiction over the PLUS and SKVE highways.

Senior Federal Counsel Amarjeet Singh, who acted for the Attorney-General’s Chambers as an interve­­nor, submitted that the proper authority – with jurisdiction to approve the applications to set up the AES on highways – was the Works Minister, pursuant to Section 85(1) of the Road Transport Act 1987.
He said both highways had been declared federal roads, while submitted that the notices ought to be quashed on grounds of “illegality”.

Lead counsel Gobind Singh Deo, who acted for the council, argued that his client had wide power in taking action on structures built without authority on state land and that the issuance of notices was in accordance with the law.

High Court (Appellate and Special Powers) judge Justice Zaleha Yusof set Feb 21 to deliver decision after hearing lengthy submissions by both parties on the merits of the judicial reviews.

Beta Tegap is seeking, among others, an order to quash the council’s Nov 19 decision that it needed to have planning permission to install the cameras at KM301.7 of the PLUS heading towards Kuala Lumpur and the other at KM6.6 of the SKVE heading towards Kajang.

Source From : The Star

Permission Not Needed To Install AES At Penang's Federal Roads - Penang RTD

BUTTERWORTH, Feb 15 (Bernama) -- The Road Transport Department (RTD) is not required to obtain permission from the Penang Government to install Automated Enforcement System (AES) cameras at federal roads in the state.

Not to be viewed as rude, Penang RTD director Datuk Hassan Yaccob said his department would brief the state government relating to this implementation although the department had the right on federal roads.

"If the state government still did not agree to the installation of AES, we will install the system in the federal roads, and they can't stop (us) because the street is under federal government," he said at an 'Op Selamat Chinese New Year Road Safety Campaign' press conference here Friday.

Newspapers recently reported that Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng did not want AES cameras to be installed in the state, and that he would remove them if they were installed.

Hassan said 59 accident-prone locations had been identified by the department for the installation of AES cameras in the state.

Of the number, 39 AES cameras would be installed along major roads to detect the speed limit while 18 would be placed at traffic lights.

Source From : Bernama

AES: JPJ perlukan kerjasama negeri

Solah Mat Hassan
KOTA BHARU - Ketua Pengarah Jabatan Pengangkutan Jalan Raya (JPJ), Datuk Solah Mat Hassan berharap pemasangan 831 kamera Sistem Penguatkuasaan  Automatik (AES) di seluruh negara tercapai setelah isu teknikal dan kefahaman dapat diselesaikan dalam masa terdekat.

Bagi tujuan itu, beliau berkata, pihaknya sedang mengemas kini aspek teknikal dengan mengadakan perbincangan di pihak berkaitan termasuk menyelesaikan isu berbangkit seperti mengenai lokasi kawasan black spot dikatakan bukan kawasan kerap berlaku kemalangan.

Menyifatkan kritikan  keras terhadap sistem ini adalah biasa memandangkan ia baru diperkenalkan, Solah secara sinis berkata, mereka yang 'bising' itu adalah daripada kalangan terbabit dengan kesalahan dilakukan.

"Pada peringkat senario sekarang, isu ini akan dipolitikkan, apa lagi isu penguatkuasaan, pada saya ia ditimbulkan kepada mereka yang menerima kesan langsung, kepada mereka yang tidak salah, tak ada apa pun, adakah anda bimbang sekiranya orang  mengedar dadah digantung, kalau anda tidak mengedar, anda tidak akan berasa apa pun," katanya kepada Sinar Harian, semalam.

Solah berkata, setelah semua aspek yang dikaji itu dimuktamadkan, pihaknya akan membuat penerangan kepada semua pihak termasuk kerajaan negeri yang menangguhkan pelaksanaannya sebelum ini.

"Selain penerangan, kita juga memerlukan kerjasama  kerajaan negeri untuk menjaga keselamatan, kerja ini bukan satu pihak sahaja dan ia menuntut kerjasama daripada kerajaan tempatan," katanya.

Pemasangan AES dimulakan sejak Jun tahun lalu dan dijangka akan dilaksanakan sepenuhnya akhir 2012, namun ia mendapat bantahan hebat daripada pelbagai golongan termasuk empat negeri Pakatan Rakyat iaitu Selangor, Pulau Pinang, Kedah dan Kelantan yang mahu menangguhkan pelaksanaannya.

Dalam pada itu, Solah menjelaskan pemasangan AES adalah jelas mahu mengurangkan kadar kemalangan jalan raya dan bukannya mengenakan saman semata-mata.

"Buktinya, sebelum ada kamera AES, kita meletakkan papan tanda untuk mengajar pemanduan lebih selamat, jangan laju, kalau di tempat lampu isyarat tidak boleh langgar," katanya yang menjelaskan sistem masa depan memerlukan teknologi memandangkan jalan raya dan kereta semakin bertambah.

Source From : Sinar Harian

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Keputusan pencelah semakan kehakiman AES 13 Februari ini

Mahkamah Tinggi di sini menetapkan 13 Februari ini keputusan permohonan Jabatan Peguam Negara untuk menjadi pencelah dalam semakan kehakiman oleh syarikat yang bertanggungjawab memasang kamera Sistem Penguatkuasaan Automatik (AES), Beta Tegap Sdn. Bhd. (Beta Tegap).

Beta Tegap mengemukakan semakan kehakiman itu bagi mencabar keputusan Majlis Perbandaran Sepang (MPSepang) yang mengkehendaki syarikat tersebut memohon kebenaran untuk merancang pemasangan tiang dan kamera AES di dua lebuh raya di negeri Selangor.

Tarikh tersebut ditetapkan oleh Hakim Datuk Zaleha Yusof selepas selesai mendengar hujah pihak-pihak yang terlibat di kamar beliau hari ini.

Jabatan Peguam Negara diwakili oleh Peguam Kanan Persekutuan, Amarjeet Singh manakala peguam, Kevin Jeyaraj mewakili Beta Tegap. MPSepang pula diwakili peguam- peguam, Gobind Singh Deo dan Malik Imtiaz Sarwar.

Gobind ketika ditemui pemberita memberitahu, Amarjeet menghujahkan bahawa Jabatan Peguam Negara wajar menjadi pencelah dalam kes itu demi kepentingan awam.

Menurut peguam itu, pihaknya membantah permohonan tersebut dengan alasan jabatan itu gagal menunjukkan kepentingan awam yang diwakilinya dan tidak mempunyai sebarang kepentingan secara langsung dalam permohonan tersebut.

Beta Tegap selaku pemohon memfailkan permohonan semakan kehakiman secara ex-parte (sebelah pihak) pada 12 Disember tahun lalu, dengan menamakan MPSepang sebagai pihak responden.

MPSepang dalam dua pucuk surat bertarikh 19 November tahun lalu memutuskan syarikat itu dikehendaki memohon kebenaran merancang untuk pemasangan AES di Lebuh Raya Utara Selatan (PLUS) arah ke ibu negara berhampiran Ibu Pejabat Lembaga Lebuh Raya Malaysia di Mukim Dengkil, Daerah Sepang.

Kebenaran yang sama juga menurut Beta Tegap diperlukan oleh MPSepang untuk syarikatnya memasang AES di Kilometer 6.6 Lebuh Raya Lembah Klang Selatan (SKVE) arah ke Kajang, berhampiran stesen minyak Shell Taman Suria Tropika, Dengkil.

Pada 19 Disember 2012, syarikat terbabit telah diberi kebenaran oleh Mahkamah Tinggi untuk mencabar keputusan MPSepang itu.

Kebenaran turut diberikan kepada Beta Tegap untuk membatalkan keputusan MPSepang melalui suratnya bertarikh 6 Disember yang memutuskan pemohon telah melakukan kesalahan di bawah Seksyen 70(13)(c) Akta Jalan, Parit dan Bangunan 1974.

Kesalahan itu melibatkan perbuatan mendirikan tiang AES tanpa sebarang kebenaran bertulis daripada MPSepang dan mengambil tindakan meruntuhkan tiang itu dalam tempoh 14 hari dan menutup (menyarung) AES serta-merta dalam masa 24 jam dari tarikh notis tersebut.

Source From: Utusan

A-G applies for role in AES suit

KUALA LUMPUR: The Attorney-General's Chambers has applied to become an intervenor in an application by Beta Tegap Sdn Bhd to challenge the Sepang Municipal Council's (MPS) directive to dismantle the Automated Enforcement System (AES) cameras at two locations in Selangor.

High Court judge Datuk Zaleha Yusof will decide on the application on Wednesday.

During submissions yesterday, senior federal counsel Amarjeet Singh said the A-G's Chambers made the application on grounds that the issue was a matter of public interest.

Lawyer Gobind Singh Deo, who acted for MPS, said the A-G's Chambers had no locus standi to become an intervenor as it had failed to show that it had direct interest on the matter.

Beta Tegap, one of the companies awarded the AES contract, was represented by Kevin Jeyaraj.

The court will hear on Thursday the merits of the judicial review application by the company.

In its application filed on Dec 12, Beta Tegap is challenging MPS' directive ordering the dismantling and covering of AES cameras at Km301.7 of the North-South Expressway and Km6.6 of the South Klang Valley Expressway.

Both locations are under the jurisdiction of MPS.

The company is also challenging the council's decision requiring it to seek approval before installing the AES cameras.

The council had, in a letter dated Dec 6, ordered Beta Tegap to dismantle the cameras at the two locations within 14 days.

Source From : New Straits Times

A-G's Chambers applies to be intervener in AES suit

KUALA LUMPUR (Feb 7, 2013): The Attorney-General's Chambers (AGC) has applied to the High Court to be an intervener in a legal suit challenging the Sepang Municipal Council (MPS) decision to dismantle two Automatic Enforcement System (AES) cameras in the municipality.

High Court Judge Datuk Zaleha Yusuf fixed Feb 13 to decide on the application after hearing submissions from both parties in chambers today.

On Dec 12 last year, AES operator Beta Tegap Sdn Bhd filed a leave application for a judicial review over MPS' decision and subsequently obtained the leave at the High Court on Dec 19.

Counsel Gobind Singh Deo and Malik Imtiaz Sarwar, representing MPS, told reporters that the AGC had submitted that it filed the application as the case was a matter of public interest.

Gobind said he argued that the AGC had no locus standi as it failed to show it had direct interest on the matter.

In the judicial review application, Beta Tegap said the municipal council, through a letter dated Nov 19 last year, required that the company apply for permission to install the AES poles and cameras at KM301.7 of the North-South Expressway and at KM6.6 of the South Klang Valley Expressway, both located in Dengkil, Sepang.

MPS, in a letter dated Dec 6, ordered the company to dismantle the cameras within 14 days of the notice.
Beta Tegap, represented by Kevin Jeyakumar, had named MPS as sole respondent. The company sought a certiorari order to quash the decision by MPS and a declaration that MPS had no jurisdiction over the two highways. – Bernama

Source From : The Sun Daily

Kong: AES to continue operating especially during CNY

KUALA LUMPUR: All the 14 Automated Enforcement System (AES) cameras would continue operating as usual, especially during the Chinese New Year period, says Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha.
He said the cameras would support the traffic enforcement programmes by agencies such as the Road Transport Department (JPJ) and the police.
“Since the AES programme was launched, there has been a change in the attitude of drivers who travel through the AES installation zones, especially in the accident-prone roads.
“This shows that the AES has been effective in saving the lives of motorists,” he said in a statement Wednesday.
Kong said around 1,500 JPJ officers would be deployed at various places while traffic safety campaigns would be held by the Road Safety Department (JKJR) throughout the festive period.
“JPJ officers will also go undercover and act as bus passengers to enforce the traffic regulations against bus operators.
“They will also carry out inspections at bus depots and terminals and at accident hotspots during the festive period,” he added.

Source From : The Star
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