Malaysia postpones implementation of Vehicle Entry Permit system

The implementation of the Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) which was supposed to start next month, has been delayed to ensure that “everything is in its place”, said Malaysia’s transport minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.

He said that more time was needed to iron out regulations that will be imposed on foreign-registered vehicles at both the Singapore and Thai border.

According to The New Straits Times, Liow said at a meet-the-people’s event with the MCA president in Ipoh on Sunday (Dec 17): “Currently, Malaysia is only imposing a RM20 ($4.90/S$6.60) Road Charge (RC) on foreign-registered vehicles from Singapore, entering through the southern land entry points.

“We still need more time to standardise regulations that are related to the entry of foreign vehicles entering the country from Singapore and Thailand before the VEP can be implemented.”

The RC has been imposed on all privately-owned foreign vehicles entering Malaysia via the Causeway and Second Link since November 2016.

Liow said he was confident the VEP could start early next year, reported The Star.

The implementation of the VEP at Johor’s two land entry points has been put off a number of times since 2015 due to a low number of foreign motorists registered for the VEP as well as technical issues with its systems.

The VEP system is intended to record details of foreign vehicle owners, and monitor if they have overstayed and to curb the cloning of vehicles, added The New Straits Times.