Govt cancels unpaid AES summonses worth RM435m

By AZREEN HANI / Pic By ISMAIL CHE RUS

The government has cancelled all existing summonses issued under the Automated Enforcement System (AES) worth RM435 million before Sept 1 this year.

Transport Minister Anthony Loke (picture) said this will be the one-off move following the Cabinet’s decision to take over the full operations of AES in the country from two private companies, effective Sept 1.

“There will be no more offers or discounts after this,” Loke said in a press conference last Friday.

Loke said from the start of the AES in 2012 until end of May this year, there were 3.1 million unpaid summonses out of 3.76 million summonses issued.

“Only 690,000 of the AES summonses 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,” he said, adding that the ministry would not refund the paid summonses.

The Cabinet, Loke said, has also agreed to not renew the concession agreement controlled by the Armed Forces Fund Board (LTAT), which will expire on Aug 31.

The Road Transport Department (JPJ) will take over the operation, development, maintenance and enforcement of the AES instead.

“This means that the operations of the speed cameras, the taking of photos, the issuance of summonses and such will be done by JPJ,” he added.

The minister said the government will pay LTAT in stages the amount of RM555 million that has been used in the AES system takeover.

In 2015, the previous administration had ordered LTAT through its subsidiary Irat Properties Sdn Bhd, to take over the operations of AES from two private companies Beta Tegap Sdn Bhd and ATES Sdn Bhd.

“RM555 million was paid to both companies by the previous government to take over its assets, which were merely 40 speed cameras along all the highways,” said Loke.

The minister said AES received a public backlash due to its lopsided payment system where RM16 was paid to the companies for every summons that was issued.