Microdotting vehicles now compulsory in SA

Microdotting comprises the spraying of over 10 000 tiny dots

From tomorrow (September 1) , it will be compulsory for all new motor vehicles and motor vehicles requiring a police clearance to be microdotted to help reduce organised crime and reduce the illegal sale of stolen and hijacked motor vehicles and spare parts sold through knockshops in South Africa and cross-border countries.
The Department of Transport and the South African Police Service (SAPS) are to enforce the requirements through the National Traffic Information System (e-NaTIS)  which requires the  initial registration of a motor vehicle introduced  by the manufacturer, importer or builder  as well as the relevant microdot information to be loaded onto the system.
Microdotting comprises the spraying of over 10 000 tiny dots, with a unique identification number, in at least 88 different positions on a vehicle. This leaves a lasting imprint on the original identity of the motor vehicle and its associated parts. The dots can be detected with an ultraviolet light and magnifier.
Instrumental in getting the requirements in place is Business Against Crime South Africa (Bacsa) which has complimented former transport minister  Sibusiso Ndebele’s for pushing through the  amendments to the National Road Traffic Act  earlier this year to fight vehicle crime this way.
All motor vehicles requiring a South African Police vehicle clearance were already required to be fitted with microdots as from 9 March 2012.
According to Dr Graham Wright, CEO of BACSA ,the  regulatory changes follow “more than a decade of consistent and sustained effort “ by BACSA and various parties within government and business to secure the identity of all motor vehicles.
“The application of microdot technology  to all motor vehicles  will strengthen the  police’s ability to identify stolen or hijacked vehicles,” he said earlier this year. “The pervasive and enduring nature of microdot technology enables the marking of many motor vehicle components and parts. This means that the police can now identify parts from stolen vehicles even if the vehicle has been  ‘chopped up’ for  the illegal spare  parts market. Microdots are the most cost effective, easy to use and enduring  technology available in securing and preserving the identity of  a motor vehicle.”
Between 80 000 and 90 000 vehicles are stolen each year in South Africa. Some of these vehicles are stripped for parts or resold on the local market to innocent buyers.  Inaddition, more than 12 000 recovered vehicles were destroyed by the law enforcement agencies as they could not be identified. The technology will also prevent the cloning of vehicles.
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