Motorists with cars and motorcycles that have lapsed road tax will be given the chance to renew their insurance without having to go through a Puspakom inspection, The Star reports. According to transport minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, the special reprieve is being offered by the authorities as part of a nationwide “whitening” exercise.

He said that there was a condition for the reprieve, with the road tax expiry period of these vehicles having to be below three years. He added that the exercise will only be valid for three months, until the end of June.

Liow urged vehicle owners to take up the offer. “The premium rates offered by insurance companies under this exercise will be lower. Once their vehicles are insured, they can go to any road transport department (JPJ) office to renew their road tax,” he explained.

“We expect this move to benefit the lower income groups, who are driving or riding with expired road tax, especially in rural areas. The ministry is aware of their hardship and took this into account by working together with insurance companies,” he said.

According to JPJ records, there are 29 million registered vehicles in the country, but only 19 million vehicles had their road tax renewed every year.