Recently, we’ve been receiving several inquiries about a message circulating around WhatsApp and social media, claiming that vehicles with an engine capacity of 880 cc and above will be charged a higher road tax (and insurance) of 25% more, beginning January 2017. However, this is totally untrue according to the Road Transport Department (JPJ).

We contacted the department to seek clarification on the viral “news,” and an officer there has confirmed that the impending road tax hike is completely false, and urged the public not to believe and spread the word. He adds that for the time being, the department has no plans at all to increase the current road tax charge structure.

Since then, the department has issued an official statement on the matter, reaffirming all that was mentioned above. It also stated that it viewed the matter seriously as it could potentially create a severe misunderstanding within the public.