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The implementation of the Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) in May will address the issue of unpaid summonses among foreign vehicles that are going in and out of the country, Bernama reports.

“Currently, cars from Singapore coming into Malaysia have no record, which is why, Singapore-registered vehicles that commit an offence in West Malaysia are free from having to pay summons, and they can still enter the country,” said director-general of the Road Transport Department (JPJ), Datuk Seri Ismail Ahmad.

The VEP aims to clamp down on this problem. “When we implement the VEP later on, all vehicles that commit an offence in the country are barred from returning until the summonses have been settled,” he said. Apart from identifying foreign vehicles that evade settling summonses, he added that the VEP will help the JPJ to “control” and “combat” cloned car syndicates.

“When the VEP is implemented, all vehicles coming into the country from Singapore must be registered,” he said, noting that this will help tackle the cloned car matter. According to him, most clone vehicles are purchased with cash as there are no financial institutions willing to give out loans, seeing that the vehicles in question have no documents.

“We urge the public not to be fooled by such attractive offers to own a luxury vehicle at low prices. I am sure half of these buyers are aware that they are clone cars, but they still buy them, because the prices are appealing,” he said. Ismail further stressed that owning a cloned vehicle is an offence under the Road Transport Act 1987 and also the Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009.