The Road Transport Department (JPJ) is asking driving schools to absorb the 6% Goods and Services Tax (GST) as a corporate social responsibility to help learners, Bernama reports.

“Driving licence and road tax are not imposed with GST, only the services provided by the driving institutes are taxed… so I am urging them to emulate the move by several hypermarkets such as Mydin to help their customers,” said JPJ director-general Datuk Seri Ismail Ahmad.

“I hope the 205 driving institutes in the country would heed the call to absorb the tax for the benefit of their customers,” he said.

Meanwhile, JPJ is in the final phase of providing test guidebooks in Mandarin and Tamil. The computerised test questions will also be available in Mandarin and Tamil for the benefit of learners not conversant in Malay and English.


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“It is expected to be ready before the end of this year and the test by then will be available in multiple languages,” Ismail said.

In another development, the director-general said JPJ is continuing to monitor all driving schools to ensure they are not involved in Learner licence syndicates, under which applicants can allegedly get an L licence without taking the computerised test.

According to the national news agency, it was recently reported that some foreigners were paying RM2,000-2,500 to obtain L licences, for fear of failing the computerised test due to language or literacy problems. The payment would allegedly be handed to a driving school agent or counter staff at the computerised test operating company.

“JPJ will cooperate with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission to eradicate such syndicates and if any driving institutes are found involved, we will take appropriate action,” he said.