JOHOR BARU: The Malaysia Vehicle Registration Plates Traders Association said it was surprised by the announcement of a centralised scheme for vehicle number plates that is set to be implemented after June.
Its chairman Tey Hua Mong said no dialogue sessions were carried out prior to the announcement by Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Aziz Kaprawi’s in a local daily recently.
Aziz said the government would implement a centralised production scheme to issue the vehicle number plates in future to ensure there are no more fancy plates that do not comply with Road Transport Department’s (JPJ) specifications.
“Our businesses would be greatly affected once this is implemented.
"It is too short a timeframe for the scheme to be implemented.
“More than 10,000 businesses are involved in the production of vehicle registration plates nationwide," Tey said in a press conference.
He said there was confusion among traders and customers who are afraid to have car registration plates done at their shops for fear that they will have to replace them after June
Tey said the association is seeking a meeting with Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai over the matter.
"We have a systematic plan to solve the issue of fake vehicle registration numbers which we would like to forward to the ministry," he added.
Aziz said that vehicle registration plates would be issued by production outlets and made of metal with stamping according to the department's size and measurement regulations.
This is similar to what is being implemented in neighbouring countries like Singapore and Thailand.
The ruling is aimed at resolving the longstanding problem of some owners installing fancy number plates which do not meet regulations.