All unpaid summonses for speeding motorists caught by the Automated Enforcement System (AES) will be cancelled, with offenders getting off the hook.
The move follows the Cabinet’s decision to take over the full operations of AES in the country from two private companies, effective Sept 1.
Transport Minister Anthony Loke said the concession agreement with the current operators of AES would expire on Aug 31 and the government had decided not to renew it.
“From Sept 1, all operations of AES will be taken over by JPJ.
“This means that the operations of the speed cameras, the taking of photos, the issuance of summonses and such will be done by JPJ,” clarified Loke.
He stressed that this is a one-off goodwill gesture by the government and warned that there will no future cancellations of summonses or discounts.
“The total summonses (forgiven) is 3.1 million, the government is sacrificing RM435 million.
“But we stress that this is a one-off; in the next five years of our administration, there will not be a second time.
“Starting Sept 1, we will enforce (traffic summonses) strictly…and there will be no more discounts after this, so don’t wait for a discount to pay your summonses,” Loke said at a press conference in Putrajaya today.
He also “apologised” to road users who had paid for their AES summons, adding that no refunds would be given.
“I know those who have paid will feel it is unfair that we are cancelling unpaid summons.”Since 2012, only 690,000 AES summons that were issued have been paid, which is about 18% of the total.
“To those who have paid, I would like to say thank you and sorry at the same time,” said Loke.