Thursday, 18 October 2012

Don’t politicise Automated Enforcement System, urges Kong

PUTRAJAYA: The Transport Ministry has urged politicians not to politicise the Automated Enforcement System (AES).

Its minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha said the Government's initiative was to ensure motorists adhere to traffic regulations.

“State governments should act responsibly and not put the people's safety at risk by not cooperating with the Government in this project,” he told a press conference yesterday.

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng has announced that the state would not implement the AES until it was satisfied that the project was beneficial to the people.

However, Kong said “So what is there for them to not approve? This is a political game (for them)”.

Kong stressed that the system was not aimed at generating profits for the appointed companies as claimed by certain quarters.

The AES is outsourced to two companies which will receive a share of the summonses issued.

Under the Federal Government's AES proposal, 39 cameras for speed traps and 18 for traffic light junctions would be set up in Penang.

In George Town, the state government has invited Transport Ministry secretary-general Datuk Long See Wool to explain about the AES camera installation.

State Local Government and Traffic Management Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow said the decision was made since the state government and two local councils did not have much confidence in the implementation.

Source : TheStar


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