Malaysia's VEP scheme on hold as many Singaporean vehicles still without RFID

Traffic on the Causeway between Singapore and Malaysia, on May 31, 2019.
Traffic on the Causeway between Singapore and Malaysia, on May 31, 2019.PHOTO: ST FILE

MUAR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Malaysia's Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) scheme, which will affect all outbound traffic at Johor's Sultan Iskandar Building and Sultan Abu Bakar Complex, continues to be deferred because a high number of Singapore-registered vehicles have yet to install the radio frequency identification (RFID) tag.

Malaysia's Road Transport Department director general Shaharuddin Khalid said based on their records, more than 230,000 Singapore vehicles have registered for the VEP.

"However, only about 60,000 of them have installed the VEP-RFID, and we are targeting to get the remaining balance within the first six months of the year," he told reporters after officiating the Road Transport Department Station, the third in the  country, at the Pagoh rest and service area (south-bound) along the North-South Expressway.

He said the department had received a positive reaction from Singaporeans to get their VEP-RFID tags to enter the country via the Johor-Singapore Causeway and Second Link.

"Singapore-registered vehicles know the importance of registering for the VEP-RFID tag before coming into Malaysia," he said.