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Malaysia Car Plate Recognition

Authors:  Teo Kein Yau and Chin Kim On


Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) has gained much popularity over the years. ANPR are used for automatic toll collection, traffic law enforcement, real-time monitoring, and security and management for parking areas. However, there is no international common standard for car plates which makes the task of automatic car plate’s recognition very challenging. In Malaysia, the Malaysian Road Transport Department (JPJ) is the government body in charge of issuing car plate licenses. Malaysian license plates consists of English alphabets and numbers and so designing ANPR for Malaysia license plates is straightforward and easy. However, there are a number of memorial plates, or plates with distinctive prefixes that are made available by the JPJ. These types of license plates are sold at a higher cost. These special plates are used to denote the manufacturer of the car such as Proton Malaysia introduced “Proton Waja” cars, a special event car plate BAMbee was issued in 2000 for Thomas and Uber Cup which was held in Kuala Lumpur in that particular year.


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