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It has been confirmed that Johor will become the first state in Malaysia to deploy the new Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) system. Designed to catch errant vehicle owners with unpaid summonses and warrants, it was also reaffirmed that other states will adopt the new system by June this year.

According to The Star, the Johor Baru South OCPD has thus far received three ANPR devices already. The first location to get a fixed ANPR device will be the Sultan Iskandar Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) complex. The remaining two units are reserved for special mobile operations.

Johor Baru South OCPD Asst Comm Sulaiman Salleh said that the ANPR system will also be set up at the Causeway next week. Traffic offenders moving in and out of the country will be stopped on site.

Yesterday, the ANPR system caught its first errant driver, during an Ops Saman operation in Johor Baru. A man was caught driving a scrapped vehicle with a fake license plate.

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ACP Sulaiman explained that ANPR cameras detect vehicle license plates and run them through the databases of the Road Transport Department (JPJ) and the police crime department. Should there be a match, attending officers will be notified instantly.

The officer also mentioned that issuing summonses on the spot is now a lot easier to do, thanks to the new Mobile Compound Online Payments System (MCOPS).

“The MCOPS device is similar to a mini printer that can be hung at the side like a sling bag and with a special mobile application, officers would just have to insert the offender’s particulars to issue the summon. The device can also print a picture of the vehicle as proof of an offence,” Sulaiman explained.