Liow: No 'double jeopardy' element in Kejara, AES systems

Veena Babulal

KUALA LUMPUR: Road users will not be charged in court twice for a single offence registered under the traffic offence demerit system (Kejara) and the Automatic Enforcement System (AES).

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said he would instruct the Road Transport Department Director-General to explain this matter to the public thoroughly.

He denied that the system was akin to "double-jeopardy" where a person would be charged for the same offence twice, as alleged by news reports.

"There is no double jeopardy here as our laws allow us to compound and deduct points. This is not double jeopardy,"

"The public should also not get confused with the police because it's different with the Kejara system."

"The deduction of points is limited to the Awas project," Liow told reporters after launching the Klang Valley Double Track (KVDT) project Thursday.

Kejara and AES, which is a network of cameras capturing vehicle users who break the speed limit, jointly form the Automatic Awareness System (Awas).

Previously, an Opposition lawyer had said Awas was against the principle of legal justice with regard to 'double jeopardy' as stated in Article 7(2) of the Federal Constitution.

He had said that under Awas, traffic offenders captured by the AES would get a summon.

Anyone who paid the compound of between RM150 and a maximum of RM300, would receive demerit points that could cost them their driving licence if they were to accumulate up to 20 demerit points.

Meanwhile, on the Kelantan state government's instruction that all businesses cease operations during Maghrib prayers, Liow hoped it would not affect services to the public.

"I hope this does not affect the services to the public, especially in a multiracial society where we must respect each other," he said.

Liow said part information is already on the RTD website but more explanation was required.

"Kejara was announced in stages since last year and we want the public to be aware that we've given a long trial period," he added.

Kejara was used for two offences - traffic and speeding, but will be expanded to other offences in future.