KUALA LUMPUR: The plan to use cameras to catch speedsters and road bullies on highways and at traffic-light junctions has been delayed again.
The automated digital cameras, which were supposed to be activated by Sept 1, will now be used only at the end of the year or early next year.
It is understood the Transport Ministry is ironing out the terms and conditions with two private companies bidding for the project.
Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Abdul Rahim Bakri said the ministry was drawing up a new working paper for cabinet approval.
"We hope to resubmit the working paper soon."
Several weeks ago, Rahim had said the system could start by Sept 1. However, he said, there were several details to be looked into before giving it the green light.
Once implemented, road users will be under the watch of "big brother" round the clock.
The system is said to be "air-tight" as the photographs taken by the cameras could be used in courts as the attorney-general's chambers has been among those involved in the preparation process for the system to be implemented in the country.
About 200 accident-prone areas have been identified by Road Safety Department and Malaysian Institute for Road Safety.
The ministry had also said those who did not pay their summonses would not be allowed to renew their road tax.
The project, which has been in the pipeline for the past three years, is one of the ministry's efforts to reduce fatal accidents on the road due to speeding, the use of emergency lanes, the beating of traffic lights and overtaking at "double lines".
The system is widely used in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States.
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