Govt to review road tax renewal suspension

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 03 Sep 2019

MIRI: The Transport Ministry is prepared to review the order to stop road tax renewals for private vehicles of 2,000cc and above at post offices in Sarawak, Sabah, Langkawi and Penang effective last Sunday.

Minister Anthony Loke (pic) said a meeting would be held with the director-general of the Road Transport Department (JPJ), Datuk Seri Shaharuddin Khalid, this week to see whether the directive was viable.

“The instruction came from JPJ, not the Transport Minister.

“I understand that JPJ did so to reduce the loss of government revenue as there are Peninsular

Malaysia-registered vehicles which renew road tax in Sabah and Sarawak, ” he told reporters after launching the Miri DAP headquarters office here yesterday.

Loke said JPJ had found that these owners were taking advantage of the cheaper road tax in Sarawak and Sabah by renewing their road tax in post offices there.

He said the interests of the residents in the two states must also be taken into account as they also needed to renew their road tax at post offices, given that there were few JPJ offices there.

Pos Malaysia’s recent announcement that it would suspend road tax renewals for vehicles of 2,000cc and above at post offices in Sarawak, Sabah, Labuan and Langkawi effective Sept 1 had gone viral and received negative reactions from the public.

Netizens, especially from interior areas of Sarawak, said the move would burden the people as they would have to drive a few hours

to JPJ offices to renew their road tax.

Separately, Loke said the proposal to implement the Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) at the Malaysia-Brunei border was still being studied.

On April 25 this year, JPJ announced that the proposal to implement VEP on all foreign vehicles at the Customs, Immigration and Quarantine complex at the Malaysia-Brunei border would be forwarded to the Transport Ministry this year.

The purpose of the VEP, among others, includes monitoring foreign vehicles entering Malaysia, especially those with unpaid summonses. — Bernama

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