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Singaporean vehicles entering Malaysia will be required to pay a Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) fee of RM20 fee beginning October 1, according to news reports. The VEP – which will be in effect all-day, everyday – will be on imposed on private passenger vehicles entering via the Causeway and the Second Link, and payment can only be made by Touch ‘n Go card.

All vehicles will also need to be registered under the Road Charges (RC) with the JPJ before September 1, failing which they will be refused entry into the country. Vehicle owners will have to pay RM10 for the RC, which is valid for five years.

Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Abdul Aziz Kaprawi said the mandatory registration – which begins online from August 15 – applied to all private vehicles, public buses, taxis, goods vehicles as well as diplomatic cars. He added that government vehicles, motorcycles, public buses and taxis will be exempted from VEP fee, but that they still had to be registered with JPJ.

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Upon registration, a radio frequency identification (RFID) card will be issued by JPJ. The tag will need to be renewed upon expiry or when the owner buys a new car, Abdul Aziz said. “Singaporeans will be able to register their vehicles at all the 72 counters in both the Causeway and Second Link as well as R&R areas near the two main entry points. However, we encourage online registration through the RTD website,” he said.

Abdul Aziz told The Star that plans are underway to introduce the VEP system to cover the Malaysia-Thailand border, and that the government is hoping for a mid-2016 roll-out – the VEP fee is likely to be identical at RM20.

On August 1 last year, Singapore increased the VEP for foreign-registered vehicles entering the republic from S$20 (RM55.70) to S$35 (RM97.50) per day, while the Goods Vehicle Permit fee for foreign-registered goods vehicles was revised from S$10 (RM25.70) to S$40 (RM103) per calendar month.