Mandatory registration for all vehicles entering Malaysia from Singapore from 1 Oct

Commuters crossing the Causeway from Johor Baru during morning rush hour in Singapore. (FILE PHOTO: Reuters/Edgar Su)

SINGAPORE — Malaysia is set to enforce its mandatory registration of all foreign vehicles from Singapore starting from 1 October, its Ministry of Transport said in a media statement on Thursday (25 April).

Motorists will need to be registered under the Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) scheme before they are allowed to enter Malaysia. The procedure can be done online via the Road Transport Department of Malaysia website.

“Once registered, the owner of the vehicle will receive an e-mail notification to schedule an appointment for the installation of the VEP-RFID (radio-frequency identification) tag,” the statement said.

“The VEP for each registered motor vehicle will be valid for a period of five years.”

Vehicle owners can collect and install their VEP-RFID tag at four designated centres in Johor Baru – the Gelang Patah Southbound rest stop, the Plaza Angsana Open Carpark, the Pandan rest stop and at the Lima Kedai Toll Plaza.

The new ruling is part of the first stage of the full implementation of the VEP scheme. After the Causeway and Second Link, the scheme will next be implemented at the Malaysia-Thai border.

The third stage will involve the border between Malaysia with Brunei as well as Indonesia. Malaysian authorities have not set commencement dates for the next two stages.

The VEP scheme was to be implemented in late 2018, but encountered delays due to a hike in operational costs.

Malaysia already has an existing RM20 (S$6.60) road charge for foreign vehicles entering the country via Johor. It is separate from the VEP and chargeable each time such a vehicle enters the country.

Singapore also charges a S$35 VEP fee per day for every day after the first 10 days in the Republic.

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