The Royal Malaysia Police’s (PDRM) Traffic Investigation And Enforcement Department (JSPT) has welcomed the latest initiative to digitalise road tax and driver’s licence as announced by the Ministry of Transport. Besides reducing congestion at JPJ offices, the move will make physical road tax and driver’s licence optional for private vehicles.
According to JSPT’s Facebook post, private vehicle owners would only be required to show their road tax and driver’s licence using the MyJPJ app instead of showing physical documents. The MyJPJ app is available on the Apple App Store, Google PlayStore and Huawei AppGallery.
The JPST added that they will be doing enforcement checks using their Mobile Compound Online Payment System (MCOPS) devices which are integrated with mySikap JPJ or QR code scanner to verify the vehicle and identification numbers. MCOPS is a digital system used by enforcement personnel to take pictures of an offence and print out summons on the spot.
In case you didn’t know, the police have started using automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) systems to catch errant drivers since 2016. The ANPR cameras can detect the licence plate number and run them through JPJ and the police crime database. During its first deployment in Johor Bahru, the system caught an offender driving a scrapped vehicle with a fake licence plate.
Last year, the police announced that it will expand the use of in-car radar and Intelligent Compound Online Payment System (iCOPS) devices to detect traffic offenders with summons arrears and warrants of arrest. The in-car radar will be used as a speed limit detection tool while iCOPS checks a vehicle’s registration number. According to Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Datuk Razarudin Husain, those with warrants of arrest and outstanding summonses will be immediately detained on the road and taken to the nearest police station for processing.
Digital Road Tax is optional, not mandatory
As clarified by Minister of Transport, Anthony Loke, the digital road tax is not mandatory and it is merely an option for individuals to switch to digital format. Those who are not ready to make the change as still allowed to use the physical road tax and they are still able to obtain a physical copy.
He added that you won’t be issued a summon if you couldn’t load the digital road tax as enforcement officers will be able to check the status of your road tax and driver’s licence with their own devices. The digital road tax can be saved as a screenshot and you can print it out as a copy in your vehicle.
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