Almost an equal amount of cases split between speeding and traffic light offences
The AES system might have revealed that the average speed of cars have dropped since AWAS (Automated Awareness Security System) was implemented, but that doesn’t mean everyone got the message. During a Q&A session in Dewan Negara yesterday, deputy Transport Minister, Datuk Ab Aziz Kaprawi said that 5,455 cases of speeding were recorded since the system went active on 15 April.
In total AWAS recorded 11,427 traffic offences, the other being 5,972 of (beating) traffic light cases. A sizeable sum considering that that’s for a three day period. Having said that, no licenses have been suspended so far.
"However, until now, there has been no suspension of the driving licence for the traffic offenders, and so far, no one has yet to pay the fine for the offences committed," he said during the session.
He elaborated that under Section 41 (1) of the Road Transport Act 1987, the driver's driving licence can be suspended if he failed to comply with the laws and driving a motor vehicle recklessly or in a harmful manner resulting in death. If found guilty, Section 41 (1) carries a maximum jail term of 10 years and a maximum fine of RM20,000.
As such, from 2006 to February 2017, the government has suspended 1,115 driving licenses in addition to revoking 246 of them due to various reasons.
The convicted individuals would also be suspended from holding or obtaining a driving licence for a period of not less than three years from the date of conviction and would be further suspended for 10 years for the second and subsequent convictions.