Monday 24 September 2012

Disclose terms of traffic summons deal, gov't told

  • Aidila Razak
  • 1:17PM Sep 24, 2012
PAS' Pokok Sena MP Mahfuz Omar wants the government to disclose the terms of agreement for the traffic summons Automatic Enforcement System (AES), to ensure that these do not unfairly favour any of the companies involved.

NONEHe said this is in view of information published by the Transport Ministry website, which states that the AES belongs to the ministry and not to private entities.

"There is no mention of Beta Tegap Sdn Bhd or ATES Sdn Bhd which were said to be building and implementing the system. What is their role and, if indeed they have a role, what are the terms of agreement?” posed Mahfuz, speaking to reporters at the Parliament lobby today.

"If the collections from the summons do not reach the (stated) target of RM6 million a year, would the government need to make up the difference collected by the companies?"

He also sought an explanation over when any companies involved will be paid.

“The newly-amended law states that those who do not pay the compound will be brought to court. Will the companies get a cut of the compound fees upon issuance of the fine or would they need to wait until after the court case is disposed of?” he asked.

‘What happens when traffic police are in control?’

Mahfuz also questioned the placing of mobile traffic cameras in areas where the speed limit is 60 to 70kph.

“This means that anyone who are late for work, and are speeding a little bit, will get nabbed. If they say these spots are accident-prone areas, why are the cameras mobile and not fixed?

“It is as if the mobile cameras will be placed there when there is a need to raise funds.

“Plus, what happen in the peak hours, when traffic police ease traffic by going against the traffic lights. Will those who follow the traffic police officers to move when the light is red get fined?”

Fourteen cameras have been installed in Perak, Selangor, Putrajaya and Kuala Lumpur for the first phase of the AES, which began operations at midnight last Saturday.

Ten of these cameras will be specifically to catch those who breach speed limits, while the remainder will be aimed at nabbing those who jump traffic lights.

More cameras are expected to be installed at 817 other spots in the second phase nationwide. 

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