YONG PENG: The Transport Ministry is working on a proposal that road tax renewal period for private vehicles be extended for another two months from March 31.
Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong said he 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 the post offices, logistics and resources.
“We estimated there are 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 backlog of outstanding road tax payments first.
“We also do not want to cause difficulties and health hazards when people crowd 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 a Covid-19 vaccination awareness programme in Taman Kota here yesterday.
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.
However, he said vehicle owners would need to ensure that their vehicle insurance was still valid.
The ministry had earlier granted all private vehicle owners an extension of renewal for Motor Vehicle Licences (LKM) renewal and Competent Driving Licences (CDL) from Feb 1 to March 31.
This was to ease public concerns regarding the expiration of their licences and to comply with the health standard operating procedure to prevent crowding in public places.
On the vaccination programme, Dr Wee, who is Ayer Hitam MP, said that MCA has helped about 30,000 people nationwide to register for the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme.
“Other than the MCA service centres, we are also reaching out to the public through our mobile counters set up at places such as food courts, ” he said.
He added that his service centre helped about 2,000 people in Yong Peng through six programmes to register for the vaccination.
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. Stern action will need to be taken against any culprit.
“We will not compromise on corruption and we are not siding anybody, ” he said.
In Johor Baru on Saturday night, Dr Wee met with Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad and discussed about the Rapid Transit System Link which would connect Malaysia and Singapore.
Both of them also spoke about the Gemas-Johor Baru double tracking system and the optimum financing of the Stage Bus Service Transformation programme, which will be implemented this year.
“I also informed Hasni about Port of Tanjung Pelepas’ (PTP) excellent performance as one of the top 20 busiest ports in the world.
“PTP has managed to jump to the 15th place from 18th with the worldwide highest growth rate of 8.47%.
“The Transport Ministry will continue to play our role in the best way possible and work with state governments for the benefit of the people, ” he said in an Instagram post.