The Malaysian Transport Ministry is deferring the enforcement of Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) for all outbound traffic at Johor’s Sultan Iskandar Building (BSI) and Sultan Abu Bakar Complex (KSAB), at Woodlands and Tuas Checkpoints respectively, during peak-hours. However, there was no time-rame specified for ‘peak-hours’ or how long the enforcement would be deferred.
In a statement, the ministry said that the decision was made following several implementation issues including difficulties in people securing appointments for the tag installation.
Registration for the VEP FRID Tag was opened in April 2019, giving foreign vehicle owners a six months window to complete the process.
The statement said, “The ministry has also rolled out measures to update the system and the process to ensure smooth registration for all owners of foreign vehicles.
“In addition to the existing fitment centres (FC), the ministry will open another FC to be located at the Road Transport Department (RTD) office at KSAB (outbound traffic).
“Owners can get their VEP RFID Tag installed at this location once all preparation has been completed.”
The operation date for this additional FC will be announced soon, said the ministry. For now, people can head to other FC centres at Gelang Patah Southbound RnR; Plaza Angsana Open Carpark; Pandan RnR; and Lima Kedai Toll Plaza.
In the meantime, the ministry said that the RTD will focus its efforts on raising awareness to all foreign vehicle owners on the need for the registration of VEP.
The VEP was announced by the Malaysian government in 2017 as part of efforts to address the problem of foreign vehicle owners violating Malaysian road transport laws and the issue of importing/exporting stolen or illegitimately registered vehicles across the border.
The ministry said in its statement that it hopes that the foreign vehicle owners to take this opportunity to immediately register for and get the RFID tag installed to avoid any future difficulties when commuting in and out of Malaysia.