KANGAR: Thai vehicles entering Malaysia from Dec 15 will be required to use a smart card for the electronic-Vehicle Information System (e-Vis) being implemented on that day.
The e-VIS will replace the existing manual system, which has flaws that make vehicle smuggling hard to check.
Perlis Land, Forestry, Environment, Natural Resources, Enforcement and Consumerism Committee chairman Mat Rawi Kassim said details of vehicles that enter Malaysia would be stored in the smart card for monitoring purposes and would be recorded at the Customs, Immigration and Quarantine Complex.
Under the manual system, a vehicle is registered using a form at the border and there is no record of the vehicle leaving the country.
"Through e-VIS, all particulars of the vehicle, including who the owner is, will be stored in the smart card.
"The vehicle owner will just have to swipe the card at the border and all information will be locked in the Customs Department's database.
"The database could also be used by the police or Road Transport Department for their records."
Also, on Tuesday, Mat Rawi headed a Perlis delegation to a meeting in Satun, southern Thailand, to discuss the "free flow" system between Wang Kelian here and Wang Prachan in Satun with authorities there.
The free flow system, that will be implemented from tomorrow, is aimed at promoting business activities at border areas.
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