Consumerist: AES And Maximization Of Summons – So Far 60,000 Summons by 14 Cameras in 7 days x RM300.00 Per summons – What Lies In Store For Malaysian Road Users When All 800 Go Operational In The Future?
We are told that over 90 countries use them?
But even in the US there is still debate on it and in all the other countries there is no money making model but raising awareness being the focus!
Here we are told it is the answer to the rising fatalities on Malaysian roads?
We are told that over RM717 million has been spent by the contractors? Really?
At one meeting the talk was all about the contractors losing ‘revenue?’
Really it is revenue and not safety at the apex of this implementation?
And we are also told that there has been enough time given all round (10 years!) and a decision has been taken to implement the AES?
So far no one has answered my question whether the implementation of the AES violates the Road Transport Act?
I will not be kind to cite the specific area but allow our so called intelligentsia to seriously ponder where I am hinting on the possible deviation!
I cannot understand why the government cannot fork out the RM717 million allegedly spent on the said project and continue addressing this area as they have done so well under the joint operation of the JPJ and the Police?
Why give it to private operators?
I know at the official brief they cited thinking we are all stupid that it was because of 1. The Cost 2. The Expertise 3. Absorb cost of damage through vandalism – Really?
I cannot understand why we need private contractors to intervene in a specific ‘law and order’ situation?
I cannot also understand why the rush and whose interests is been looked at?
I am advised that so far there has already been over 60 thousand summons a result of just 14 cameras working over 7 days and address that figure with RM300.00 per summon – go do that maths!
No wonder we have such rush to implement this rather abusive project!
Greed knows no bounds and sad it is done all in the name of safety!
So far all I see is an AES system put in place where the business model is not safety but obese profits and the maximization of summons where so far we have over 60,000 Summons by 14 Cameras in 7 days x RM300.00 Per summon – What Lies In Store For Malaysian Road Users When All 800 Go Operational In The Future?
I ask the Cabinet to freeze the project subject to re-discussions and a comprehensive review of existing problems that I have raised below!
Yesterday I stated the following:
The nations ‘intelligent people’ supposedly have shared their latest ‘mantra’ and ‘justification’ that the just implemented amidst protest from both sides of the political divide the Automatic Enforcement System (AES), is geared at catching speedsters and to reduce road accidents.
Basically these rather ‘intelligent people’, supposedly the cream of Malaysian are really stating that it is basically speed as the root causes of accidents!
But strangely when ‘people of substandard intelligence’ like you and I look at the statistics of accidents and study its background – we see that there were in 2005 a reported 31,222 casualties from motorcycle accidents, which basically constitutes to 66 percent of all traffic accidents in Malaysia!
Perhaps, those rather very ‘intelligent people’ also failed to have access to another reality – that a 2010 report by the police and Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (Miros) stated that there were 120,156 accidents involving motorcycles from the 9.4 million registered motorcycles.
Of this, there were 12,112 casualties with 3,614 rider fatalities and 422 pillion rider fatalities.
It does not end there as according to Miros, 3,523 accidents involved pedestrians in 2005, 12 percent of whom were children aged one to 18 years.
Traffic enforcement is just not using the ‘big stick’ or treating it as a business preposition as it is tabled now with two private companies and their political handlers to gain massive profits and at whose name?
Since some ‘very intelligent personalities’ has cited developed nations like France, Germany, Australia, Singapore and the United States may I of substandard intelligence ask a rather pertinent question?
How many of these nations with a geographical area larger than Malaysia (except for Singapore!) have installed 800 AES cameras in place?
As for the Australian manufactured cameras – how many AES cameras have been placed in Australia?
I am advised by a family member in the city of Perth only 4!
I do not despite not being so intelligent as the proponents of these multi million ringgit cash cows disagree that truly the AES is one of the elements of traffic management and accident prevention module.
But it is not the all – as we have others to look at and among them badly designed roads which are either too narrow, badly maintained, poor traffic management, congested, poorly synchronized traffic lights which result in even worst congestion, numerous bottlenecks especially on highways and exiting toll plazas.
What about providing motorcycle lanes, pedestrian facilities, upgrading intersection designs, installing road and intersection lighting and proper signage – having speed limits implemented after a comprehensive study!
We Malaysians of ‘smaller IQs and intelligence’ must put up with the official version and plenty of bullshit!
One should not ask because of our ‘lack of intelligence’ how these contracts were financially positioned?
We the ‘lesser intelligent’ should not ask whether contractors sought quotes from foreign vendors, then just tripled the costs and submitted the bids which they knew they were going to get because it is all politically motivated and positioned?
But never mind they think we are after ‘all idiots!’
They think we should accept without query their a one sided argument hook line and sinker.
They do not think it is pertinent to first fix our traffic management system and synchronize traffic lights!
They feel it is not necessary to maintain and fix roads to ensure proper conditions for traffic and reduce fatalities due to potholes and badly maintained roads.
The need like Singapore to remove ‘old junks’ off the road as they pose a significant traffic risk.
Or the need to relook at the abuse of Police Outriders!
Yes the police escorts disrupting traffic flow even for a bunch of idiots going to a football game as we had this last week at Shah Alam!
And come to think of it – if our ministers & politicians want to be appreciated and respected, they should learn to identify with the peoples woes and experience the said jams with us!
As for now my observation is many of the said AES cameras are installed in locations where you exit the highway where the speed is lower.
These are not accident prone areas but designed to catch as many motorists as possible.
And Yes – the main intention of the AES is to profit cronies not to reduce accidents.
I will not go into the allegations of the inflated costs of the cameras for now!
But public interest demands accountability!
And truly a civilized, cultured and matured society is exactly one that kicks up a fuss over unfair, unjust and unworthy causes, rules and blind spots.
And they have a right to ask the government to come clean IF they can do so for once!