Malaysia to give 'ample notice' on vehicle fee

Traffic at the Causeway taken on March 27, 2018.
Traffic at the Causeway taken on March 27, 2018. PHOTO: ST FILE

Malaysia's Ministry of Transport (MOT) said it will announce the start of the Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) requirement and road charge on Singapore cars in "due course", refuting earlier reports which stated that the system would kick off last Saturday.

In response to queries from The Straits Times, the MOT said "ample notice" will be given as to when the proposed RM20 (S$6.80) charge will be levied on foreign-registered vehicles entering Malaysia. Commercial vehicles and motorcycles will be excluded.

The VEP - which also requires that Singapore cars be registered with Malaysia's Road Transport Department (JPJ) before entry - had been targeted to commence as early as last October, but its implementation has been postponed repeatedly.

Malaysia's New Straits Times newspaper reported on Monday that while the system was planned to be launched last Saturday, it was pushed back owing to a "technical glitch".

This was because the authorities are working out "integration issues" to allow motorists to pay the existing toll and the new VEP fee together, with a single swipe of their cashcard. The Malaysian ministry said: "The MOT and JPJ are currently conducting the system tests to ensure smooth and seamless implementation."

It added that about 144,000 vehicles have been registered for the VEP. Drivers of Singapore vehicles that have not registered after the VEP is implemented will have to do so at checkpoint counters at the Causeway in Johor Baru and the Second Link crossing.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 20, 2016, with the headline 'Malaysia to give 'ample notice' on vehicle fee'. Print Edition | Subscribe