If you’ve been eyeing a fancy number plate, time is fast running out – or has run out – to purchase one, because the government has announced that it’s putting an end to the practice of coming out with special series number plates, The Star reports.

According to transport minister Anthony Loke, the practice of allowing certain NGOs to sell special number plates will be halted with immediate effect. He said that all plate number registrations will have to through the road transport department (JPJ).

“It is true that the minister has powers to allow this, but the practice ends now. From now on, any buying of number plates must go through JPJ, without exceptions. This is government revenue and we intend to collect all of it,” he explained.

The last special plate introduced was UP, but there have been a host of special plates in recent times. These include G1G-G999G, X, XX, YY, UU, GTR, GG, SAM, K1M, T1M, A1M, US, SMS, NBOS, NAAM, VIP, G, GT, U, Y, PERFECT, PATRIOT and FB by JPJ itself.

Loke also revealed that an electronic bidding system for number plates will be introduced to replace the current one, which is being carried out manually. He said that he has instructed JPJ to prepare the system for introduction at the beginning of next year.

“At the moment you need to physically show up to bid for certain numbers at JPJ offices in certain states. We hope to roll out the online system by January 2019, which will allow more vehicle owners to bid for special number plates,” he stated, adding that the new e-bidding system will improve transparency and efficiency as well as increase revenue for the government.