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JOHOR BARU, Feb 11, 2016:

The Johor Baru Selatan police district has been chosen to conduct the country’s first Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) system to track down errand traffic offenders. The pilot project will see one of the three ANPR cameras placed at the Johor Baru-Singapore Causeway at the Bangunan Sultan Iskandar Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) complex which sees a high traffic flow. Johor Baru Selatan police chief Assistant Commissioner Sulaiman Salleh said the district police had been given the honour of being the first police district in the country to test-run the pilot project. “For the Johor Baru Selatan police district, we (police) will be supplied with three ANPR cameras for evaluation as well as to determine their effectiveness,” he said. Following the pilot project that was expected to start next week, Sulaiman said one of the three ANPR cameras would be placed at the CIQ’s checkpoint entrance. “This ANPR will be placed as a semi-permanent static camera, while the remaining two will be used during special traffic operations in the district. “If this programme is successful, it will be implemented throughout the country by June this year,” he said when met during a special traffic police operation at KM2 of Jalan Johor Baru-Kota Tinggi here today. The ANPR camera is a technology for automatically reading vehicle number plates. It is used by law enforcement agencies in other parts of the world to help detect traffic offenders, deter and disrupt criminal elements as well as tackle organised crime groups and terrorists. Sulaiman stressed that the system would not only target errant Singaporean motorists with outstanding Malaysian traffic summonses but also all motorists. “As long as you have an outstanding traffic summons, we will flag you down.” Sulaiman said the system would allow police to work in a cost-effective and smarter policing environment. At the same time, he said the ANPR system would complement 500 units of hand-held mobile online payment devices that would be used by on-duty traffic policemen. “This is towards a more transparent and modern traffic police enforcement, facilitating the printing and issual of compound summonses to traffic offenders,” said Sulaiman. In October last year, the federal traffic police in Bukit Aman said they were keen to reduce the number of outstanding summonses nationwide that stood at 1.06 million through the assistance of the ANPR system. As a start, police will begin using ANPR cameras to detect and flag any passing car whose registration number is linked to an outstanding summons in the Bukit Aman database. Police will then be able to stop the vehicle and take necessary action against the driver. The cameras will be deployed at strategic areas, including nine entry and exit points of the country.

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