All foreign, private-registered vehicles entering Malaysia from the Thai border will soon be subjected to the road charge (RC), which is already in place at the Malaysia-Singapore border, Bernama reports.

According to transport minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, the Thai border RC will start soon following the cabinet’s approval to begin payment collection. Originally set to begin from the end of 2017, it was reported earlier this year that the RC for Thai-registered vehicles was slated to begin from June.

Liow said negotiations were being carried out with the relevant parties, particularly the finance ministry and the state governments of Perlis, Kedah, Perak and Kelantan, which are connected to Thailand. “The fee to be imposed will be RM20. For every state that collects from their borders, we will return RM5 to the state government concerned such as that practised in Johor,” he explained.

He added that RC collection for vehicles from Singapore currently stood at RM7.9 million since it was implemented on August 15 last year.

Liow reiterated that the RC was implemented not solely for profits but also for security purposes, to ensure cloned cars from the republic did not enter the country, saying that previously, a lot of “end-of-life” vehicles of over ten years had been illegally finding their way in to Malaysia.