Driving into Malaysia is about to get a little more expensive.
Soon, all foreign-registered vehicles entering Malaysia will require a vehicle entry permit (VEP) and will be subjected to paying a Road Charge (RC), announced Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai.
The VEP will be valid for five years and will cost RM25 ($5.92), reported The Star.
Once owners pay for the VEP, they will be issued with a Radio Frequency Indentification (RFID) tag to be placed on the windshield of their vehicles – in a bid to reduce vehicle crimes in Malaysia.
In a quote carried by The Star, Liow said: “The VEP will help us to identify the number of foreign vehicles entering Malaysia and also to prevent car theft and car cloning syndicates.”
A separate RC, which costs RM20 per entry of each vehicle, is currently only imposed on vehicles entering from Singapore.
However, by early next year, it will be implemented along Malaysia’s northern border with Thailand as well.
Malaysia will also “implement the VEP and the RC at border entries between Brunei and Kalimantan, Indonesia, for cars coming into Sarawak from the two countries at a later stage”, said Liow.
After the RC was put in place at the Johor Causeway and the Second Link Crossing in Tanjung Kupang last November, Singapore countered the levy with a similiar fee at two border entry points from February, said the Straits Times.
But these charges may be coming to an end.
According to Bernama news agency, the Singapore High Commission in Kuala Lumpur said in January that it would remove its road charge once Malaysia standardised its levy across all its borders – including Thailand, Brunei and Indonesia.