The implementation of the Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) system, which will apply to all foreign registered vehicles entering Malaysia via the Johor Causeway and Second Link expressway, is slated to start at the end of April, Bernama reports.

According to deputy transport minister Datuk Abdul Aziz Kaprawi, the ‘Touch and Go e-Wallet’ that will be used for the cashless payment of the road charge is currently being tested. He said that the implementation of the VEP system has involved modifications, infrastructure installation and associated development, and these were being fine-tuned.

“Apart from that, the coordination procedures among agencies at the border checkpoints needed to be finalised before the implementation of VEP,” he said at the Dewan Rakyat. He added that the VEP system will also be implemented at the Malaysia-Thailand border later this year.

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The VEP tag that will be issued to foreign vehicles will be fitted with radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology and will integrate a cashless payment system developed by Touch ‘n Go.

At the Johor entry point, the VEP was supposed to have begun operating last June, with collection of the VEP charge starting from mid-July, but it was postponed. With the implementation, every foreign-registered vehicle will need to apply for the VEP when entering the country from the two links to Singapore. A processing fee will be levied, and the permit will be valid for five years.

A separate per-entry road charge of RM20, implemented since November 1 last year, is currently being levied on vehicles entering Malaysia from Singapore.