Malaysians, If You Haven’t Paid Your AES Summons, Don’t Bother. They’ll Be Wiped Out On 31 August

Automologist LING doesn’t understand why, though. Can someone explain to her?

Malaysia’s relatively new Transport Minister seems to have been saying/doing the right things since taking office. Well, except maybe this: Malaysian Transport Minister says Child Car Seats May Not Necessarily Be Implemented or Enforced.

And also this: Anthony Loke just announced that all unpaid AES summonses since 2012 will be erased. Is it me or does that sound like a populist move?

So, if you have AES summonses piled up in your desk drawer, you’ll be happy to know that they will become redundant pieces of paper on 31 August 2018, which coincidently is Hari Merdeka (Malaysia’s Independence Day).

It’s not that errant motorists have not been able to ‘get away with it’, so to speak, under the previous government. I have ranted before about how municipal councils would often run discount campaigns to get traffic rule violators to pay their summonses, thus in a way rewarding those who pay late whilst punishing those who paid early.

Read: Discounts For Outstanding Traffic Summons. But Doesn’t That Defeat The Purpose?

The same could be said of this latest move announced by Loke. Only about 18% of the total 3.76 million AES summonses issued from 2012 until May 2018 have been collected, a very low rate indeed. How does Loke explain it to those who did the right thing after doing wrong, and paid the summons?—“Thank you and sorry.”

I have never received an AES summons, but I’m offended on behalf of the 18% who did and paid. Seems to me like another case of rewarding those who do not pay their summonses…but worse, the government won’t be able to raise any money from it but will, instead, wipe out RM435 million of ‘debt’ owed to it. Loke calls it a “korban” (sacrifice) by the government. That’s it? That’s the reason? Not good enough for me. And it discourages good driving behaviours, which is why the very expensive AES system was installed in the first place.

Starting 1 September 2018, the Malaysian Road Transport Department will take over the operations of the AES from two private companies. Loke also revealed that for every summons issued, these private companies received RM16. Interesting. He said, “issued”, not “collected”. So, did these companies receive RM16 for each of the over 3 million summonses, even though only a small portion of them were paid up? Then, good riddance to those private companies.

Loke stressed, though, that this is a “one-off” move and that the current government will not offer discount nor cancellation for future summons. Nope. I think I know better now than to pay off my traffic fines; they will either magically become smaller or simply…go away.

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