PUTRAJAYA: The road tax reduction of up to 50% for about 70,000 trailer and articulated semi-trailer lorries currently registered in the country will be fully implemented from Wednesday.
Transport operators, who have renewed their vehicles' road taxes, will be given refunds backdated to Jan 1.
The reduction will affect about 10% of over 700,000 lorries on Malaysian roads and lorry operators are expected to save up to RM100mil annually in costs.
Transport Ministry parliamentary secretary Datuk Donald Lim Siang Chai said the new rate came into force from Jan 1 but was not fully implemented due to some technical problems faced by the Road Transport Department (JPJ).
“The glitches have since been corrected and those who renew the road tax for their articulated trailers and semi-trailers from Wednesday will pay less.
“Those who have renewed their road taxes can expect their refund as soon as possible,” he told reporters at his ministry’s Chinese New Year open house yesterday.
The open house was hosted by Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ling Liong Sik, who also gave out angpows and Chinese New Year gift packages to senior citizens.
The road tax reduction is part of the incentives provided in Budget 2003 to make the local transport industry more competitive and also prepare them for the Asean Free Trade Area (Afta).
The new rate will be based on the gross combined weight and lorries with environment friendly engines (green engines) will pay half the previous rate.
For those with non-green engines, the new rate will be based on the gross combined weight of the vehicle (BDM), thus abolishing the previous calculation based on the kerb weight of the prime mover plus BDM.
Articulated semi trailers are lorries with a prime mover and a trailer, which can be detached.
The levy of RM90 imposed on lorries with container trailers has also been abolished effective from the same date.
On another issue, Lim said leave for all security personnel at the KL International Airport has been frozen until the end of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Summit, especially to handle the private planes carrying heads of states which would be arriving from today.
He said KLIA has had previous experience in handling a large number of private planes and did not foresee any problems.
Lim also reminded the public, who planned to attend the mammoth peace gathering at Stadium Bukit Jalil on Sunday, to take advantage of the free passage provided by Putra and Star LRT, and Komuter trains instead of travelling in their own cars.