In the future, one will not need to physically be at the Road Transport Department (JPJ) office when buying a used car or selling a car. According to The Star, the eSerahan Tukar Milik (eSTM) electronic vehicle ownership transfer system is ready, and is just waiting for approval from the Finance Ministry.

“Used car sellers and buyers need only be present at the second hand car dealers to complete their ownership transfer procedures,” Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said at the Penang and Province Wellesley Used Cars Autocycles Dealers and Motor Financiers Association’s 44th anniversary dinner on Saturday.

“The eSTM is an extension of the current temporary transfer system, known as the Tukar Milik Sementara, which uses the biometric features of the MyKad and thumbprint verification of the sellers as well as buyers.

“The biometric identification system makes the transfer of vehicle ownership simple and safer. It has been fully developed and it is in the final stages before implementation,” Liow said, adding that the approval should be given soon.

The eSTM, when in operation this year, should be a boon for busy city dwellers who have to transfer ownership of a vehicle, as JPJ offices are often crowded. No need for a runner, too.