Transport Minister Anthony Loke today said that the 3.1 million unpaid summons from the Automated Enforcement System (AES) will be cancelled following the Cabinet’s decision to take over the full operations of the AES in the country from the two private companies effective September 1, 2018.
The 3.1 million summons is said to worth up to RM 430 million.
After September 1, 2018, the Road Transport Department (JPJ) will take over the operations of the AES and all summons issued then has to be paid.
“There will not be any more such offers or discounts,” said Loke at a press conference today.
The current concession agreement with the current operators of AES expires on August 31, and the government has decided not to renew it.
“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.
The AES system was first operated by two appointed companies – Beta Tegap Sdn Bhd and ATES Sdn Bhd in 2012 but due to the lopsided payment system, the system received a public backlash and in 2015, the government appoint Irat Properties, a subsidiary of Lembaga Tabung Angkatan Tentera (LTAT) to take over the operations.
“RM555mil was paid to both companies by the previous government to take over its assets, which are merely 40 speed cameras along all the highways,” said Loke.
“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.