E-bidding for ‘VDN’ plate numbers to start on June 21






Coming soon: Loke (centre) briefing the media on the e-bidding system in Putrajaya.

Coming soon: Loke (centre) briefing the media on the e-bidding system in Putrajaya.

PUTRAJAYA: Online bidding for Kuala Lumpur’s newest series, the “VDN” plate numbers, will open on June 21.

Following the success of the “e-bidding” for the Putrajaya “FC’’ numbers in April, Transport Min­ister Anthony Loke said the ministry through the Road Transport Department (JPJ) had decided to continue with the system.

“Bidding for the VDN number series will open for five days from midnight on June 21 to 11.59pm on June 25.

“The winners will be announced at noon on June 26,” he said.

He said registration could be done at the portal https://jpjebid.jpj.gov.my or via the JPJeBid mobile app.

Speaking at a press conference yesterday, Loke said the e-bidding system was chosen as it was more transparent and efficient than the manual system.

“The system can be accessed wherever the online user is and at any time of the day within the deadline,” he said.

Bidding for normal or running numbers starts as low as RM300 with a minimum increase of RM15 for every bid.

For “golden numbers”, the minimum bid is RM20,000, with subsequent bids set at RM1,000 increments.

The Putrajaya “FC” number series was the first to use the online e-bidding system introduced in conjunction with the 73rd JPJ Day celebrations on April 15.

The ministry collected a total of RM3,113,364 from 2,481 bids, with the highest winning bid reaching RM231,000 for the number “FC1”.

Loke said the ministry had not set a revenue target for the VDN series, but he expected it to be higher than the RM1.2mil collected for the VDL series, which used the manual system.

On another issue, Loke said e-hailing operators had agreed to waive the RM320 cost for the Public Service Vehicle (PSV) licence for all disabled drivers.

“E-hailing operators such as Grab, MyCar, Dacsee and EZcab, all of which employ disabled drivers, have agreed to bear the costs for the PSV licence as a form of corporate social responsibility,” he said.

Loke said there were 367 registered disabled e-hailing drivers, with a majority of them (273) having hearing-related disabilites.

“The government is aware that the advancement of technology has given the opportunity for people from all walks of life, including the disabled, to seek income as e-hailing drivers,” he added.

Loke said the ministry would arrange a special session for disabled e-hailing drivers to ease their process of obtaining the PSV licence.

The drivers will first have to undergo a medical check-up and take part in a six-hour online module training set by JPJ.

They will then have to sit for an hour-long written examination at the Transport Ministry here on

July 1.

Only those who pass the examination and fulfil other criteria set by JPJ will be issued the PSV licence.