GELANG PATAH • Foreign private vehicles entering Malaysia from Singapore will be required to pay a RM20 (S$7.20) fee from Oct 1.
Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Abdul Aziz Kaprawi said the RM20 Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) fee for foreign vehicles would be imposed from Oct 1, instead of Sept 1, as previously announced.
He said payment could be made only with a Touch 'n Go card and that the VEP would be imposed on private passenger vehicles, including multi-purpose and sports utilities vehicles.
He added that, from Sept 1, Singapore vehicles which are not registered with the Road Transport Department (JPJ) would be refused entry into Malaysia.
Datuk Abdul Aziz said the mandatory registration applied to all private vehicles, public buses, taxis, and goods vehicles, as well as diplomatic cars.
He said online registration would start on Aug 15 and vehicle owners would be required to pay RM10 for the road charge (RC), which is valid for five years.
On the VEP, Mr Abdul Aziz said government vehicles, motorcycles, public buses and taxis would be exempted from the fee, but that they would still have to be registered with the JPJ.
Speaking to The Star later, Mr Abdul Aziz said the VEP system would have a second phase covering the Malaysia-Thailand border and that the government hoped for a mid-2016 roll-out.
He added that the VEP fee was likely be the same.
On Aug 1, last year, Singapore increased the VEP for foreign vehicles entering the country from $20 to $35 daily.
It also raised the Goods Vehicle Permit from $10 to $40.
THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK