JOHOR BARU (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - All foreign-registered vehicles entering Malaysia will soon require a RM25 (S$8.06) vehicle entry permit (VEP), the country's transport minister Liow Tiong Lai said.
The VEP will be valid for five years and vehicle owners will receive a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tag to be placed on the windshields of their vehicles, Liow said on Saturday (Oct 7).
"The VEP will help us to identify the number of foreign vehicles entering Malaysia and also to prevent car theft and car cloning syndicates," he said after attending an inauguration ceremony at the Fong Guang Shan Malaysia Hsingma Si education centre in Taman Sutera Utama.
A separate RM20 Road Charge, which is currently imposed on vehicles entering the country from Singapore, will also apply to the northern border with Thailand either by the end of this year or early next year, Liow added. The charges will be imposed on cars entering from Brunei and Indonesia at a "later stage".
The Road Charge was implemented at the Johor Causeway and the Second Link Crossing in Tanjung Kupang, Gelang Patah in November 2016.
Liow said the RFID tag could eventually be used to pay the Road Charge as well, as an alternative to the Touch 'n Go system.