JPJ to keep track of Singapore vehicles


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 08 Jan 2003

By ZUHRIN AZAM AHMAD

JOHOR BARU: Singapore-registered vehicles entering any of the two entry points in the state will have their movements recorded through a fully computerised vehicle scanning system from tomorrow.  

The RM2.9mil system, installed by the Road Transport Department (JPJ), will among others, monitor the smuggling of vehicles into the country as it will allow authorities to detect those that enter but do not return to the republic either through the Causeway here or the Second Link. 

JPJ director-general Datuk Dr Mohd Shahar Sidek said the system would also allow authorities to detect if a vehicle had any unsettled summonses – from the police or any local authority – before it left the country. 

He said each day the time and date of entry would be recorded every time a vehicle entered Malaysia, including the type of vehicle, registration number and colour. 

“We will know how long the vehicles have been in the country and whether they have overstayed,” he told newsmen yesterday after checking the newly installed system which will be operational tomorrow at the Tanjung Kupang CIQ.  

OPERATIONAL TOMORROW: Mohd Shahar (centre) being briefed on the new Automatic Vehicle Scanning System.Looking on is Johor JPJ director Nasir Mat Dam.

“The most likely reason for these vehicles for not returning to Singapore will be that they have been sold and illegally registered in the country,” he said. 

The system, known as Automatic Vehicle Scanning System, uses high-tech cameras to “scan” Singapore vehicles.  

All the information would be downloaded into the system’s main computer to form a data bank which is linked to other departments including the police and local authorities. 

Mohd Shahar said that before leaving the country, the vehicles would have to go through the scanning process again. 

“This data will be compared to the one recorded when the vehicles entered Malaysia and should there by any discrepancies, the vehicles will not allowed to leave until they are sorted out. He said the data comparing process would be done instantaneously.  

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