Friday, 3 August 2012

Road users under AES watch

PUTRAJAYA: Come September, more than 1,000 cameras will “keep watch” on roads across the country under the Automated Enforcement System (AES).

There will be 566 speed cameras, 265 traffic light cameras and 250 mobile cameras (for places with inadequate infrastructure for installing a camera).

The Transport Ministry is the owner of the AES while its agencies will be responsible for executing the system.

Road Transport Department director-general Datuk Solah Mat Hassan said the system was being tested in over 10 locations, with each camera able to capture about 600 offenders a day.

“The AES will be able to detect those who drive above the speed limit or beat the red light. There will be a 12mb image to indicate the time, date and location of the offence,” he said in an interview.

“The system has reduced accident rates in other countries. Studies have shown that road users are influenced by the Perception of Being Caught' or POBC, which is around 20% in Malaysia while the ideal is above 80%.”

He noted that it was impossible to station officers round-the-clock at all strategic locations. “This system can compensate for this limitation,” he added.

Once the AES is launched, errant road users will receive summonses within two weeks of the offence being committed “while it is still fresh in their minds,” Solah said.

The AES is outsourced to two companies. “We do not have to pay them as they will receive a cut of the summonses issued but we have yet to determine the percentage,” he said.

“The companies are responsible for developing and maintaining the system for five years. After that, we will either let them continue or buy the system which will cost RM800mil,” he said.

Solah said the system would ultimately be used to detect all traffic offences and not just speeding and beating the red light.

He also said that the police would use the AES to track down criminals and to control traffic.

Source : TheStar


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