KUALA PILAH: Car owners hoping to get personalised registration numbers will have to wait as the Road Transport Department (JPJ) is not planning to introduce vanity plates anytime soon.
“Personalised numbers may be unique but it is not easy to implement it based on current legislation, ” said JPJ director-general Datuk Zailani Hashim.
He said the Road Transport Act would have to be amended before it was allowed.
He also cited situations where people with similar names wanted to buy the same registration number.
“How are we going to regulate this? And if there is more than one car with the same vanity plate, then the wrong person may end up getting fined for a traffic offence, ” he told reporters after opening the new Kuala Pilah JPJ office here.
In 2012, then JPJ director-general Datuk Solah Mat Hassan said owners of all types of vehicles could bid for personalised numbers once JPJ’s computer system was upgraded and new security features incorporated.
JPJ was allocated RM282mil to upgrade its system as part of the Government Transformation Programme which, among others, allowed motorists to renew their licence and road tax online.
Yesterday, Zailani said JPJ’s e-bidding system, which enabled vehicle owners to apply for registration plates of any state from their homes, had helped boost its revenue.
Last year, the department earned RM178mil from the exercise compared to RM62mil the previous year.
“In the first three months of this year, we already earned almost RM60mil through e-bidding, ” he said, adding that the RAJ series alone fetched RM3.4mil.
Separately, Zailani said JPJ’s revenue for 2020 fell marginally to RM4.1bil from RM4.32bil in 2019.
This, he added, was due to the implementation of the movement control order to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.
However, he expects revenue to increase to RM4.4bil this year.
On another matter, Zailani said the number of people killed on Malaysian roads last year fell by more than 25% compared to 2019.
He said 4,297 people died last year compared to 5,764 in 2019.
The number of road accidents also fell to 418,237 last year from 567,516 in 2019.