Deputy Transport Minister, Datuk Hasbi Habibollah, has announced that the government intends to install more Automated Awareness Safety System (AWAS) cameras, formerly known as the Automated Enforcement System (AES), as necessary in the long term.
During a session in the Dewan Rakyat, Hasbi highlighted that research conducted by the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS) revealed a remarkable 99 percent compliance with speed limit laws and traffic signals at locations where the cameras were deployed. This achievement has significantly enhanced the perception of being caught for non-compliance with road rules, subsequently reducing the risk of road accidents at AWAS enforcement locations.
Hasbi emphasized that the implementation of AWAS cameras is not intended to target specific drivers, but rather to ensure that everyone abides by the law, especially in “black spot” regions where accidents frequently occur.
By utilizing these cameras, enforcement efforts can be carried out 365 days a year, round-the-clock, with a reduced reliance on a large number of human resources for enforcement personnel.
Hasbi further mentioned that the government is currently exploring the possibility of designating specific lanes for motorcycles throughout the country.
“Given that highways are high-speed areas, a study is being conducted to identify suitable locations for motorcycle lanes. However, there may be some sections where motorcycle lanes cannot be constructed,” he stated.
Currently, there are 45 operational AWAS cameras, with only one camera undergoing repairs and maintenance.