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New automated road enforcement system by year end

Postby admin » Sat Feb 21, 2009 7:36 am

KUALA LUMPUR: The Transport Ministry will implement an automated enforcement system this year aimed at increasing efficiency and curbing corruption.

Minister Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat said that the system, similar to that practiced in several countries, would, for instance, warn road users that they were entering an area where there were speed traps.

“The system must also be able to substantiate with evidence that can be produced in a court of law that a road offence has been committed,” he told reporters Saturday at the Titiwangsa MCA Chinese New Year open house.

He also said that cases of road rage could be more accurately monitored.

He said the system had been approved by the Cabinet and would be rolled out in stages nationwide by the end of the year.

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Auto traffic enforcement

Postby admin » Sun Feb 22, 2009 8:45 am

KUALA LUMPUR: The Automated Enforcement System – an advanced traffic enforcement system – will be implemented this year.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat said the system, which was operated by several countries, would make enforcement of road rules more efficient and also help curb corruption.

“The system must be able to substantiate with evidence that can be produced in a court of law that a road offence has been committed,” he said.

Speaking to reporters at the Titiwangsa MCA Chinese New Year open house yesterday, Ong said the system would, for example, warn road users that they were entering stretches with speed traps.

“Accident-prone areas will be identified and will be equipped with the necessary gadgets, so that if anyone commits an offence, it will be caught on camera,” he added.

On top of that, traffic offenders who are caught speeding would also have their summonses issued directly to them.

He said the new system would not burden the people as the quantum of fines would remain the same.

“The difference now is that with the system, there will no longer be discretionary exemption for fines,” he said.

He said road rage cases could also be more accurately monitored.

Ong said the system had been approved by the Cabinet and would be rolled out in stages nationwide by the end of the year.

He said the project would involve local and foreign vendors in a joint venture.

Earlier reports said several models had been under consideration to finance the setting up of the system.

One was for the Government to pay for the setting up of the cameras while the other is to privatise the operation.

Under the privatisation model, the company would recoup its costs by taking a certain percentage of the summonses collected.

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Digital eyes on the lookout for speed fiends

Postby admin » Sun Feb 22, 2009 8:47 am

KUALA LUMPUR: Smile, you could be on camera but for the wrong reasons.
Digital cameras will be installed along highways and accident-prone areas by this year to nab speeding drivers.

The cameras for the "automated enforcement system" will operate round the clock. It will snap pictures of drivers breaking road rules or of those bribing policemen to escape summonses.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat said it was one way to curb corruption and reduce dependency on manpower.

"It is not meant to burden motorists."
Ong added that it would enhance integrity among enforcement officers and ensure motorists follow road rules at accident-prone areas.

When the system is set up, the probability of being caught by the police will go up to 90 per cent. At present, the probability of being caught is 20 to 25 per cent and increases to up to 55 per cent during festive season.

Due to the lack of enforcement, among other reasons, Malaysia loses about 6,000 lives in accidents.

The Road Safety Department and Road Transport Department (RTD), both under Transport Ministry, have been planning to install the cameras for the past three years.

However, the project was delayed as the ministry was trying to work out operational details with the concessionaire providing the camera and other equipment. .

Ong said the ministry was now in its final stages in identifying areas to install the cameras, which would be carried out in stages.

The cameras will be able to zoom onto the vehicle's registration plate.

"It is quite different from CCTVs. It will automatically snap speeding vehicles and the pictures could be used in court."

The cameras can monitor the movement of every car and record information such as the speed, whether they were on the emergency lane or overtaking along the double lines.

The information will be relayed to the control centre for the police or the RTD to issue summonses.

"Our interest is not to issue summons," said Ong.

"Motorists will be alerted when they are in the surveillance zone. This is to encourage them to be more cautious and courteous."

To reduce accidents, the ministry has also made it mandatory for backseat passengers to buckle up. It is also targeting motorcyclists to firmly strap on helmets to avoid head injury during an accident.

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