Millions of Malaysian motorists wake up to new traffic rules starting today.

Reactions towards the new AES and Kejara system were mostly unfavorable – specifically on an aspect of limiting the speed limit to 90km/h.

JPJ director-general Datuk Seri Nadzri Siron told The Star his department has been testing Awas since April 1.

“In the first 12 days of April, our 14 AES cameras detected about 8,500 motorists going over the speed limit and 1,200 beating red lights.”

He said only those recorded committing the offenses starting tomorrow will get Kejara demerit points.

“We have chosen the two offen­ces for the initial phase of Kejara because these are the biggest contributors to road accidents.

“I advise motorists to be aware that the new system will start soon and not to commit traffic offenses,” he said.

Nadzri said, for the time being, Kejara will only involve offenses recorded by AES cameras.

Mobile AES camera used by JPJ and the police.

Why have to pay the fine plus demerit?

Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research director-general Dr Wong Shaw Voon said Kejara was a fairer way to change motorist behavior compared to fines.

He explained that a RM300 traffic fine has a big effect on a motorist earning RM1,500 a month but means little to someone who earns RM15,000 a month.

“With demerit points, motorists feel the same pinch whether they are rich or poor,” he said.

Dr Wong said fear of having their driving licenses suspended was more effective in encouraging motorists to stick to the rules.

Reward for good drivers

The Kejara system rewards good drivers by reducing their accumulated demerit by 50 percent if they committed to no traffic offense in a year period.

No offense committed in two years – your accumulated demerit will be erased.

Means you have a clean record again.