YOUR thumbprint could soon be used to identify you as the registered owner of a vehicle.
This may take place after Road Transport Department (RTD) issues Vehicle Ownership Certificates (VOC) to replace current certificates of registration.
RTD director-general Datuk Seri Ismail Ahmad expects VOC to roll out before the end of the year.
“It will address issues of cloned vehicles and document falsification,” he said in his speech at the opening ceremony of the 37th annual general meeting of Federation of Motor and Credit Companies Association of Malaysia (FMCCAM).
Ismail said the use of thumbprint biometrics embedded in car owners’ MyKad had been successful in the Temporary Ownership System or Tukar Milik Sementara, used when owners sold their cars to dealers.
The system, used since 2011, eased the transfer from owners to dealers and prevented fraudulent activities.
“With the emergence of more online transactions, we must be mindful of avenues for fraud or false documents such as the certificate of registration.
“The VOC will be released whenever a vehicle is registered and whenever a transfer of ownership is completed.”
He said thumbprint verification was also made possible thanks to RTD’s computing system, MySIKAP, which replaced the old SIKAP system of more than 20 years old.
He said with MySikap, nearly 1,000 types of transactions were handled including vehicle registration, licence and road tax renewals, changes of vehicle ownership and summons payments.