Police will begin the use of their 20 newly acquired automated number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras to take action against hardcore traffic offenders within the next two months.
According to The Star, these cameras are mountable onto any police cruiser (or even an unmarked police vehicle) and will allow the detection of any passing car whose registration number is linked to an outstanding summons in the Bukit Aman database. From that point, it is at the officer’s discretion whether to stop the vehicle and take necessary action.
The report said these cameras will be deployed at strategic locations. Police have so far identified nine entry and exit points into the country where they could be used. This first phase of ANPR would cost a reported RM30 million.
Federal traffic police chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Mohd Fuad Abdul Latiff said these new methods will be put into practice to nab the most resistant of traffic offenders with numerous outstanding summonses.
“A total of 1.06 million outstanding summonses have yet to be settled and we are looking at bringing down this number,”
“Besides using the ANPR cameras to trace errant motorists, the CID and Narcotics Crime Investigation Department will also benefit from the use of the system,” SAC Mohd Fuad told reporters.
He said that the ANPR camera system were designed for placement on police vehicle dashboards and will capture an image of an oncoming vehicle’s number plate for remote database cross reference. If there is a match, police personnel will be informed and appropriate measures can be taken.
SAC Mohd Fuad added that this system would let the police work smarter and could avert the conducting of road blocks that cause traffic problems.