Putting a stop to fancy num­ber plates

> We’re look­ing into ways to stan­dard­ise pro­duc­tion to curb il­le­gal spec­i­fi­ca­tions, says Aziz COURT­ING DAN­GER

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PUTRAJAYA: The Road Trans­port Depart­ment (RTD) aims to re­solve the fancy ve­hi­cle reg­is­tra­tion num­ber plate is­sue by the third quar­ter of 2017 af­ter scru­ti­n­is­ing in­put and sugges­tions from stake­hold­ers dur­ing a spe­cial work­shop yes­ter­day.

If ap­proved, it is learned that the new num­ber plate pol­icy will be en­forced grad­u­ally for new ve­hi­cles in­clud­ing mo­tor­cy­cles, fol­lowed by other ve­hi­cles within a three-year grace pe­riod.

Deputy Trans­port Min­is­ter Datuk Aziz Kaprawi said the one-day work­shop ti­tled “The Stan­dard­i­s­a­tion of Ve­hi­cle Reg­is­tra­tion Num­ber Plate” dis­cussed the loop­hole in the pro­duc­tion of num­ber plates na­tion­wide which led to wide­spread use of il­le­gal plate spec­i­fi­ca­tions.

“We are also look­ing on how the num­ber plates can be stan­dard­ised and pro­duced as a stan­dard form across the coun­try,” he told

He said the new mech­a­nism must al­low the au­thor­i­ties to mon­i­tor the petty traders or ven­dors na­tion­wide to pro­duce num­ber plates in ac­cor­dance with the Mo­tor Ve­hi­cles (Reg­is­tra­tion and Li­cens­ing) Rules 1959.

“We want the traders to reg­is­ter with the RTD and from there on, we, to­gether with the Do­mes­tic Trade, Co­op­er­a­tives and Con­sumerism Min­istry, can take ac­tion when nec­es­sary,” he said in his open­ing speech at the work­shop yes­ter­day.

He re­quested work­shops par­tic­i­pants to con­sider durable and ro­bust ma­te­ri­als for the plates such as us­ing the metal stamp­ing.

“The cur­rent ma­te­rial, such as plas­tic, does not last long and can be re­placed and ma­nip­u­lated by ir­re­spon­si­ble par­ties,” he said.

He added that the new mech­a­nism for plate pro­duc­tion must also be cost ef­fec­tive.

Stat­ing that the gov­ern­ment has been flex­i­ble when deal­ing with the is­sue, Aziz said the num­ber plate stan­dard­i­s­a­tion is also vi­tal in com­bat­ing crimes and road safety en­force­ment.

“Over the years, the au­thor­i­ties and the pub­lic have had to deal with the dif­fi­culty of iden­ti­fy­ing fancy or un­clear num­ber plates of ve­hi­cles,” he said.

“We want to find ways that won’t in­cur high cost and cause a bur­den to the rakyat. We also want to en­sure there is no monopoly for this pur­pose,” he said.

ADIB RAWI YAHYA/THESUN

... This mo­tor­cy­clist does not seem to care that he is putting these young chil­dren at risk as he zig-zags through traf­fic along Jalan Cheras, Kuala Lumpur, yes­ter­day. To make it worse, the boy in the cen­tre is not wear­ing a safety hel­met while the other one has not fas­tened his hel­met prop­erly.

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