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Stopping “rogue” Singaporean vehicles at border checkpoints

By Shahrim Tamrin

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 30 2018: No more escape for Singaporeans who commit traffic offences on Malaysian roads and expressways.

With the installation of RFID tag as part of the implementation of Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) alongside Touch ‘n Go E-wallet digital system for vehicles from Singapore and neighbouring countries, the authorities will be able to detect cars with outstanding traffic summonses at the border checkpoints beginning next year.

“Traffic violators from neighbouring countries would have no choice but to clear  traffic summonses at immigration checkpoints. With the RFID detector, it will enable us not to allow any foreign vehicle including from Singapore with records of traffic violation in this country.

“The VEP detector will also remove the problem of clone vehicles from Singapore,” said Road Transport Department (JPJ) director-general Datuk Shaharuddin Khalid.

The distribution of the VEP and RFID tag for Singaporeans is expected to begin from January and each VEP tag can be used up to five years.

The cost of the VEP tag is RM25 and it does not include the fee of the Touch ‘n Go E-Wallet.

Currently, every private vehicle from Singapore is charged a fee of RM20 to enter Malaysia.

In his presentation at the road safety forum at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Road Safety Council held in here yesterday, Shaharuddin said the same mechanism has been utilised by Singapore’s authorities by not allowing cars with Malaysia registration number with unpaid summonses to cross the border.

He also said several amendments to the Road Transport Act 1987 will be tabled as soon as possible in Parliament.

It is learnt that the local authorities are unable to take action against traffic offenders from Singapore at the border due to the loopholes in the current road traffic regulation and database system.

“There are 38 sections under the Act that will be amended soon which will also support our enforcement against overloading trucks and lorries on a particular lane on public roads via portable truck weigh scale without having to escort or direct the lorry to a JPJ weighing station,” he said.

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