Friday, 18 January 2013

AES traffic fines are valid,says A-G

MCA has reiterated its call for a six-month trial period to educate road users on the implementation of the Automated Enforcement System (AES).

Central committee member Datuk Chua Tee Yong said this would give road users time to adjust to the system.

For example, said Chua, road users caught flouting traffic laws could be issued summonses but would not have to pay during the trial period.

“MCA's stand is that the AES requires time so people can understand how the system works.

“We are concerned with the rise in road accidents and the AES is okay. The issue now is the implementation,” Chua said when met after the launch of the Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Ministry's Innovation Day here yesterday.

Chua, who is the ministry's deputy minister, said this in response to the Attorney-General's Chamber's statement (A-G) to freeze all court proceedings related to summonses issued under the AES.

The A-G Chamber's has maintained that all AES summonses issued by the Road Transport Department were valid but that it needed time to study some legal concerns raised in cases related to the summonses.

Chua dismissed talk that the latest announcement was politically-motivated because of the impending general election.

“I don't think it is (because of the) elections. If it is, then there is no need to implement this system at all.

“The most important thing is to protect the lives of people,” he said.

On the re-entry of Malaysia's bird's nest into China, the deputy minister said the ministry had been “chasing” its Chinese counterparts to send an audit team to Malaysia.

“The ministry's secretary-general and the director-general of the Department of Veterinary Services (DVS) are now in China to discuss the matter.

“Meanwhile, I have requested for the DVS to assist swiftlet farmers who want to apply to export to China,” he said.


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