An update on the Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) system, which was supposed to have begun operating in August 1 last year, but was then postponed to October 1, at which point its introduction was delayed yet again. A new timeframe for its implementation has been given – according to the Johor state government, the VEP is set to be implemented by June, The Star reports.

State Public Works, Rural and Regional Development Committee chairman Datuk Hasni Mohammad said the project is undergoing field testing at both the Causeway and the Second Link entry points, and the state hoped the project will proceed as planned with no more delays.

Hasni said that each vehicle lane at the checkpoints was equipped with cameras and sensors to identify vehicle number plates and RFID tags, and that the gantry at the checkpoint will not open if the RFID did not match the car’s number plate.

Presently, however, the radio frequency identification (RFID) tags have not yet been issued. “We have yet to issue the smartcode RFID tags,” he explained, adding that they were still ironing out glitches and will soon finalise how to distribute the tags to vehicle owners. Currently, around 120,000 owners of Singaporean vehicles have registered for the VEP and RC (road charges) that will be levied on foreign vehicles entering the country.

As indicated in previous reports, Hasni said the the payment of the RM20 VEP fee per entry is payable only via a Touch ‘n Go card. A portion of the VEP collection will be given to the state government for road maintenance.