VMS on trial at the Sungai Tujoh CIQ

MIRI: The Customs department is presently conducting a two-month trial of its vehicle monitoring system (VMS) on foreign vehicles entering the state through the Customs, Immigration and Quarantine centre (CIQ) in Sungai Tujoh at the Sarawak-Brunei border.

VMS allows the department to monitor the movement of foreign vehicles entering the state through the border checkpoint apart from facilitating smooth flow of traffic at the CIQ centre.

The trial will run until August 25.

“CIQ Sungai Tujoh has been chosen for the purpose because it is the focal entry point into Miri and Sarawak generally,” said Pujut assemblyman Dr Ting Tiong Choon after visiting the Sungai Tujoh CIQ yesterday.

There are currently four units of VMS scanners installed at the entrance and exit points in the Sungai Tujoh CIQ.

Dr Ting said during the two-month trial period, foreigners would have to exit their vehicles in order to have their documents checked at the counter before they are granted entry.

“Registration can be done online via HTTP://customssg7.my,” said Dr Ting.

For the record, the number of vehicles crossing the Sungai Tujoh CIQ could reach up to 1,000 units per day during peak period.

Drivers of foreign vehicles queuing up at the Sungai Tujoh checkpoint to have their documents checked before passing through.