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The government says it has no plans to scrap the implementation of the Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) for foreign vehicles. Transport minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said the system is still undergoing trials and it will be implemented once the system is ready to go, Bernama reports.

“It will take time to implement this as we want to ensure there will be no hiccups when we start it. If now, the trial only runs for 12 hours, we want to run it for 24 hours for at least another one or two months,” he explained. Liow said this in response when asked if the VEP was likely be scrapped after the system had faced glitches and missed several implementation dates.

“Don’t listen to rumours. The government will implement (VEP). Not only in Singapore but (our borders) in Thailand, Kalimantan and Brunei. We are not discriminating, all borders will have VEP. We will start with Singapore first and then move to others,” he told reporters.

The VEP was supposed to have begun operating in June. On June 1, it was announced that the system had begun operating on a trial basis until July 15. Collection of the RM20 VEP charge for foreign vehicles entering Johor was supposed to have begun on July 16, but it was postponed for the fourth time.