No easy recourse for victims of car plate scams in Malaysia

Onus on victim to prove his car wasn't involved in offence: Lawyers

Mr Chng Pia Kim (left), who drives a Toyota Previa, says his licence plate number was used by another car, a Toyota Estima, travelling in Malaysia. The other car, seen in the image above captured by a speed camera in Malaysia, chalked up three speedi
Mr Chng Pia Kim (above), who drives a Toyota Previa, says his licence plate number was used by another car, a Toyota Estima, travelling in Malaysia.ST PHOTO: CHONG JUN LIANG
The other car, seen in the image above captured by a speed camera in Malaysia, chalked up three speeding tickets between 2015 and 2016.
The other car, seen in the image above captured by a speed camera in Malaysia, chalked up three speeding tickets between 2015 and 2016.PHOTO: CHNG PIA KIM
Mr Chng Pia Kim (left), who drives a Toyota Previa, says his licence plate number was used by another car, a Toyota Estima, travelling in Malaysia. The other car, seen in the image above captured by a speed camera in Malaysia, chalked up three speedi
The driver of a Singapore-registered BMW caught on camera changing his car licence plate at a Johor petrol station in May. PHOTO: COURTESY OF FRANCIS LIEW

A recent incident involving a BMW driver changing his car licence plate to one registered to a Hyundai in Singapore before speeding on a Malaysian highway has highlighted the difficulty victims face in seeking recourse.

The BMW was caught speeding, but the RM150 (S$49) summons was issued to the Hyundai vehicle instead.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 03, 2019, with the headline 'No easy recourse for victims of car plate scams in Malaysia'. Subscribe