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The Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) system for foreign vehicles entering Malaysia via the causeway from Singapore has begun operating as planned. The system is undergoing its trial run, which began today and will end on July 15. The trial period will be handled by the Road Transport Department (JPJ) to ensure the VEP system runs smoothly, Bernama reports.

According to Johor state public works, rural and regional development committee chairman Datuk Hasni Mohammad, the RM20 VEP charge will only be imposed from July 16. He added that the registration of vehicles for VEP will be until the end of the year. So far, 120,000 Singapore vehicles have registered under the VEP system.

The JPJ will provide 24-hour service counters with personnel working in three shifts to ensure the smooth operation of the VEP system. Hasni said that consumers can seek help from JPJ officers on duty if there is any disruption or issues when using the system.

“We expect congestion in the near future but it will not be bad. From the feedback received, motorists from Singapore are not questioning the implementation of the VEP but are more concerned of its implementation and congestion,” he said.

“In addition, the system will also detect Singapore-registered vehicles that received summons but have yet to settle the dues. This is because the number of Singapore vehicles which have not settled their summonses is still big,” Hasni added.