In November 2014, it was announced that The Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) was to employ an Automated Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) system to identify vehicles with foreign registration plates with unsettled summonses. Now, said system is set to be installed at nine locations at the Malaysian border and is expected to be operational by August, Bernama understands.

“At least, 20 units of ANPR worth RM30 million will used to track down traffic offenders in the first phase. We are in the process of buying the scanner,” commented Bukit Aman Traffic Police staff officer, Supt. Zulkifli Yahya. “ANPR, using technology from the USA, will be widely used in states bordering neighbouring countries, including to track down foreign nationals with outstanding traffic summonses,” he added.

The scanners, installed in patrol vehicles, will allow police officers to act immediately on traffic offenders. Additionally, the system will also aid police officers in tracking down vehicles involved in other criminal activities as well as stolen units.

An ANPR operation on Friday in Johor Bahru resulted in a total of 4,200 outstanding speeding summonses collected from Singaporean motorists – it was reported that a sizeable chunk of it was for speed-related offences. Since 2010, more than 700,000 traffic offences have been issued to foreign vehicles, with Singaporean units making up 500,000 of the total figure.