KUALA LUMPUR: The Road Transport Department’s Vehicle Entry Permit System (VEP) which is being developed will solve the problems of cloned cars and summonses involving foreign cars, this year.
RTD director-general Datuk Seri Ismail Ahmad said the system registered foreign cars at the nation’s entry points to prevent them from being cloned and sold cheaply in the country.
“Almost 90 per cent of the cloned cars seized currently come from Singapore because the country has a policy of disposing off vehicles every five years and syndicates take advantage by cloning them.
“Through the system too, any offences committed by a foreign car, the driver involved must settle the summonses and compounds before being allowed to leave the country,” he told a media conference after opening a 2016 70th RTD anniversary celebration at the Kuala Lumpur Federal Territory (WPKL) Level here, yesterday.
Commenting further, Ismail said the system was expected to be launched in June covering the first phase involving Malaysia-Singapore.
Also present during the ceremony was WPKL RTD director Datuk Md Ziki A. Rahman.
“The second phase involving Malaysia-Thailand and third phase comprising Sabak, Sarawak, Indonesia and Brunei will be implemented in stages,” he said.
Commenting on the setting up of a special RTD task force early this year, Ismail said 26 RTD personnel were given technical and tactical training to tackle the issue pertaining to cloned cars, fake licences and ‘tonto’ and other cases involving the department.
“The membership of the task force will be increased, this elite team will cooperate with the Royal Malaysia Police and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission,” he said.
Concerning the number of cloned cars in the country, Ismail said 1,708 cloned cars had been seized nationwide and estimated that 3,000 to 5,000 cloned cars were already in the country. — Bernama