Malaysia will only begin the enforcement of its VEP scheme next year at the earliest, the Malaysian Transport Minister has announced.
Malaysia will only begin the enforcement of its Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) scheme next year at the earliest, Malaysia's Transport Minister Anthony Loke said on 9 October 2019.
Issues with the installation of the RFID tag has led to the delay in the enforcement of the VEP "We have delayed the enforcement of VEP because there are some issues on the installment of the RFID at the vendor. The system itself was not able to cope with the numbers of cars and vehicles that were supposed to install the RFID," he told a news conference, referring to a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tag required for the VEP.
"We are finalising a new mechanism to make it easier for all the vehicles to install the RFID. We will announce it later, as far as the implementation... it will not be this year. The enforcement will start probably next year. We will give ample time for everyone to be prepared," he added.
Once enforced, any foreign cars without the VEP will still be allowed to enter Malaysia but will face a fine upon exit. VEP will first be implemented at the Johor Baru checkpoint before being extended to Tuas, Mr. Loke said.
"We are being fair to all the Singaporean vehicle owners," he said, adding that ample time would be given before enforcement commenced. Malaysia halted the enforcement of the VEP last week following technical issues.
A previous delay in enforcement, announced on 23 September, was limited to peak-hour traffic only This was following an announcement on 23 September that it had to defer the scheme during peak-hour traffic operations due to difficulties in obtaining appointments for the installation of the RFID tag.
The ministry had previously urged all foreign vehicle owners to register their vehicles online to obtain the RFID tag. Once registered, the owner would then receive an e-mail to schedule an appointment for the installation of the tag.
The VEP, renewable every five years, was first announced in 2017. The scheme was intended to determine the number of foreign vehicles entering Malaysia, and also to prevent car theft and deter car-cloning syndicates.
In April, the Malaysian government announced that it would enforce mandatory registration for foreign vehicles entering from Singapore starting from 1 October 2019.