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The Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) is set to use license plate scanners, or Automated Number Plate Recognition (ANPR), at entry points into the country to identify foreign vehicles with outstanding summonses, Bernama reports.

An ANPR setup involves the use of CCTV, enforcement or dedicated task cameras to capture images of licence plates and optical character recognition to read them off the images, thereby identifying a vehicle. Applications vary, but the primary mode is that of enforcement, and it is in use in Europe, the UK and the US.

According to the Auditor General’s Report 2013 (Third Series), operation of the surveillance equipment and system will begin once the Trafik Cops online payment system is upgraded to take into account enforcement of foreign vehicles. This will allow foreign traffic offenders to settle summonses online.

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In line with developments, the Road Transport Department (JPJ) is preparing a special rule under Section 66J of the Road Transport Act 1987 to regulate foreign vehicles from entering or leaving Malaysia. The AG’s report added that JPJ is also enhancing its online management system, MySIKAP, to improve implementation methods.

According to the AG’s report, a total of 16.3 million summonses were issued by traffic police for the period 2011 to 2013 – of this total, 121,664 were issued to non-citizens. Out of the 121,664 summonses, only 12,713 were settled, and the outstanding arrears was estimated at around RM7.63 million.

The AG’s report said that the majority of tickets issued were to Singaporeans (84,604 summonses), while Bruneians were next with 25,803 summonses. Malaysian citizens, meanwhile, paid up on 6.7 million summonses out of the 2011-2013 total, netting the government RM1.24 billion in payment, the report added.