Dept. of Land Transport wants to know where you've been

RFID tag

The Department of Land Transport plans to make it law for all vehicles in Thailand to have a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag embedded in the vehicle-tax sticker. In a cooperation with the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), the Transport Ministry hopes to develop the RFID technology and deployment with a national RFID project trial this year.

The plan is to use Ultra High Frequency (UHF) RFID tags which would store information such as the car's registration identification, name of the owner and tax records. The RFID tag would be readable within a 10 meter range and can be read even with vehicles moving at 60 km/h.

Since the RFID tag will be more costly, the price for the tax sticker will increase by THB100. According to Thaweesak Koanatakool, vice president for Science and Technology Investment at NSTDA, "Once car owners see the benefits of the new tag they will be willing to pay for it themselves."

First it has to be said that there are some possible applications of the technology that would potentially offer conveniences to the motorist, such as toll booths on expressways and entering parking lots etc. But lets understand what this technology is really about: Big Brother. Why would I want to pay extra so that the government can track my movements more easily? And it's not just the government. Entering and leaving car parks will allow private sector companies to put together information about our movements.

Just don't think you're going to have a choice.