Compulsory microdot technology could reduce motor vehicle crime!

Yesterday we shared info on the car insurance blog about new legislation that will make microdot technology compulsory. We would like to quote:

An amendment to the National Road Traffic Regulations was published on 9 March 2012 in Government Gazette 35130.
  • It makes the fitment of microdots to all motor vehicles first registered on or after 1 September 2012 compulsory.
  • Microdots are also required to be fitted to all motor vehicles that are presented for a SA Police clearance as from 9 March 2012 as that is the implementation date of the amendment.
The amendment was originally published for comment in February 2011.

But what is Microdot / Datadot Technology?

We would like to share information on this from an earlier post:

Are you aware of the benefits of Data Dot technology in terms of insurance and security for your car, bike or boat?


Data Dot technology is a passive anti-theft security system which is supported by insurers and is applied as spray film invisible to the eye over the entire vehicle. This technology can be described as a simple and effective theft deterrent system. Based on the reliable identification of key component parts of the vehicle, the vehicle is of reduced value to a professional thief. The thief is only interested in vehicles where they can easily change their identity or strip for parts.

What is this technology?

The spray contains millions of dots, each smaller than a grain of sand, which are etched by laser with a unique alpha-numeric code (which can be fully customised). This code can only be read with a special scanner that utilises a strong UV magnifier to read the code.

What are the benefit in terms of vehicle theft and insurance premiums?

Should your vehicle become a victim of theft, any parts identified with Data Dots are then traced back to the owner, hopefully leaving a trail of breadcrumbs for authorities to find and identify thieves in the process.

The Dots are a permanent identification solution for your vehicle and the attractive warning labels clearly mark your vehicle as being “Too Hot To Handle”.
VESA, a non-profit organisation that regulates the vehicle security industry, endorses the product as it is having a positive impact on the return of recovered stolen vehicles. The SAIA (South African Insurance Association) also certifies this technology. The technology therefore also poses a cost saving benefit from an insurance premium perspective.

Each individual client /vehicle owner is evaluated on their own merits when it comes to insurance risk. Your broker or insurance underwriters will need to establish your individual rate and whether there might be a reduction based on your overall risk profile. The South African Insurance Association certifies the Data Dot technology and is fully aware of the benefits.

Most insurers will provide the vehicle owner of a vehicle equipped with Data Dot technology a discount on the vehicle insurance premium. In tough economic times with so much vehicle theft taking place – it might be important to benefit from technology offering the opportunity to save on insurance expenses!

Also view:

Microdot/ Datadot Technology and Car Insurance

5 thoughts on “Compulsory microdot technology could reduce motor vehicle crime!

  • April 17, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    what does the microdot data system cost and which places offer this facility?

  • October 19, 2012 at 5:50 am

    This is a great explanation of microdot technology. We also experienced a huge need for microdot identification and have struggled to keep up with the demand from our clients.

  • November 28, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    where can this microdot-tech be done and how much can it cost?

  • September 23, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    I bought a 42 year old bakkie. Insurance does not want to insure it, not even 3rd party… Now I went for roadworthy. They require the bakkie to get police clearance, but can’t get police clearance without datadot. (Police clearance use to be free and without forcing people to spend money) Road Worthy – R450. Datadot – R750. Petrol up and down in a 4.1L R350. Which figure stands out? I will get absolutly no advantage by spending this money. Had a vehicle stolen in 2007 and till today nothing came off it. Money making scam = datadot

  • March 4, 2015 at 11:51 am

    What is the requirements for Panel Shops with regard to the new micro dot technology. For instance if we replace a door on a vehicle with the dots, do we have to re-dot that new door and what about the old door with the dots. Is there specific requirements with regard to the damaged dotted door. Thanks

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