Malaysia's VEP system at Causeway and Second Link delayed

The Singapore Immigrations and Customs checkpoint at Tuas Second Link, as seen from Johor, Malaysia.
The Singapore Immigrations and Customs checkpoint at Tuas Second Link, as seen from Johor, Malaysia. PHOTO: ST FILE

JOHOR BARU (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Malaysia's Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) system, which was supposed to be implemented at the two border crossings with Singapore on Oct 1, has been delayed.

No new date has been announced although more than 200,000 Singaporeans have registered for VEP through the Road Transport Department website.

It is learnt that Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Mohamed Khaled Nordin is expected to raise the issue on VEP as well as the road charge with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak during a meeting in Putrajaya on Monday.

State Public Works, Rural and Regional Development Committee chairman Datuk Hasni Mohammad said the matter would be discussed during the Menteris Besar and Chief Ministers meeting.

"We have to wait for the outcome of the meeting before making any comment or announcement," he said on Tuesday.

The road charge for foreign-registered vehicles was supposed to be implemented on Aug 1 this year but was deferred to Oct 1 due to "technical problems".

However, the road charge and VEP had yet to be implemented on Oct 1 for Singapore-registered private vehicles entering the country via the Causeway and the Second Link.

It was reported that Singapore-registered vehicles without VEP would not be allowed to enter the country via the Causeway and the Second Link in Tanjung Kupang, Gelang Patah.

Even before the implementation of the charges for foreign vehicles entering Malaysia, there was confusion on the federal and the state levels on the road charges and VEP.

There were conflicting reports in newspapers that all foreign-registered vehicles would be subject to RM20 (S$6) VEP per entry paid through the Touch n Go card effective Oct 1.

Foreign-registered vehicles would have to register for road charge at RM10 which would be valid for five years.