YONG PENG: The Transport Minister has proposed that the road tax renewal period for private vehicles be extended for another two months from March 31.
Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong said he has discussed with the Road Transport Department (JPJ) director-general for an extension and for necessary preparations to be carried out.
“I have asked JPJ to come up with a detailed proposal outlining the technicalities and mechanism before we can announce it by next week (this week) because it also involves post offices, logistics and resources.
“We estimated about 1.3 million vehicle owners with expired road tax from the previous renewal extension and we do not want to add on another 1.3 million expired road taxes from the following extension.
“That would just be merely delaying the problem. This is why it is vital to have an effective plan, for example to allow the renewals to be carried out in phases in the following month to address the backlogged outstanding road tax payments first.
“We also do not want to cause difficulties and health hazards when people throng JPJ and post offices to renew their road tax when the extension period ends.
“Give us a few days to work out the details, ” he told a press conference after visiting the Covid-19 vaccination awareness programme in Taman Kota here on Sunday (March 21).
He said the proposed extension was in view of the high number of Covid-19 cases in states such as Johor, Selangor, Penang and Kuala Lumpur.
He however, added that vehicle owners would need to ensure that the vehicle’s insurance is still valid to prepare for any accidents or damage.
The ministry had earlier granted all private vehicle owners an extension of renewal for Motor Vehicle Licences (LKM) and Competent driving Licences (CDL) from Feb 1 to March 31.
This was to alleviate public concerns regarding the expiration of their licences and to comply with the health standard operating procedures to prevent crowding in public places.
On another matter, Dr Wee welcomed the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to conduct investigations on his ministry including the JPJ for any violation of integrity.
“We leave it to MACC to investigate the allegations and stern actions will need to be taken against the culprits."