There has been some followup news on the e-plate system, basically a wireless RFID MyKad-like system for cars announced in mid-December 2006.

The e-plate system is part of the government’s Automated Enforcement System to be implemented by 2010, which will also include 700 new surveillance cameras at strategic locations nationwide. It is assumed that these surveillance cameras will be equipped with e-plate readers, helping enforcement offices detect drivers who break traffic rules such as red lights and double lines.

The system will be implemented in stages, starting with new cars, followed by those already running on the road. Range is 100 meters. The e-plates have a battery lifespan of 10 years.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy reveals more details:

  1. Tamper-proof e-plates will be sealed into the body of vehicles.
  2. Will contain information on driver, chassis and engine number, and model.
  3. E-plates are only available at authorised e-plate makers appointed by JPJ.
  4. Enforcement officers will be equipped with hand-held scanners.

The supplier of the e-plate technology has not been decided yet though, the government is still deciding between 13 proposals from various parties. It is hoped that implementation can be done within this year.