PUTRAJAYA: Two pressing issues encountered by the public when dealing with the Road Transport Department (JPJ) received the close attention of Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong following his return to the Transport Ministry as minister.
The first is the extension of the grace period for the renewal of expired driving licences and road tax until Dec 31, and the second is the full reopening of all JPJ service counters for those who are fully vaccinated beginning Sept 6.
Dr Wee said efforts to resolve these issues were done quickly to ease the people’s concerns after the ministry received public feedback on the difficulties in accessing services provided by the ministry’s agencies, such as JPJ, during the pandemic.
“When I returned to the Transport Ministry, we decided that these issues needed to be resolved within 48 hours, and I have asked the secretary-general and the JPJ director-general to see how we can facilitate things for the people.
“The ministry has decided to extend the moratorium to renew motor vehicle licences (LKM) and the Malaysian Driving Licences (LLM). In line with this decision, those with expired road tax and driving licences will not be subjected to enforcement activities by the JPJ and police until Dec 31,” he told a press conference here yesterday.
However, Dr Wee said those whose road tax had expired need to ensure their vehicles have valid insurance, adding that insurance e-cover notes should be produced on demand for inspection should the need arise.
It was announced in August that all road users were to renew their licences by Sept 30, with enforcement beginning on Oct 1.
On the 100% operation of counter services, Dr Wee reiterated that those who wish to transact at JPJ counters must be fully vaccinated as a precaution to safeguard public health, including staff on duty.
“With the full opening of our counter services, JPJ will cease the online appointment system.
“Alternatively, the public is encouraged to use our online services via the mySIKAP portal and services provided by our strategic partners such as Pos Malaysia Bhd, MyEG and Puspakom,” he said, adding this would avoid overcrowding at JPJ counters.
He said JPJ’s collection for last year totalled RM4.12bil, and noted there is a shortfall of 16% in collection in the first eight months of this year.
“If need be, counter services will remain open during weekends to clear the backlog of a few months in renewing road tax and driving licences,” he said.
Dr Wee also said that victims of recent floods in Yan, Kedah, who either lost or damaged their JPJ documents would be given free replacements, which would otherwise cost RM20 for driving licences, RM50 for car road tax and RM20 for motorcycle road tax.
However, he said those affected must lodge a police report first and bring the report to the JPJ counter for verification.