The transport ministry has announced that the operational scope of the JPJeBid online vehicle number plate bidding system will be expanded from next week, when the road transport department (JPJ) will begin utilising the format for the Federal Territory, starting with the VDN plate series on June 21.

Transport minister Anthony Loke said today at a press conference that the bidding process for the series will begin from 12 am on June 21 and will run until 11.59 pm on June 25. The tender results will be announced on June 26 at noon.

He added that all subsequent FT number plate series will also use the online bidding system, with a each plate series going through a similar five-day period for the bidding process.

Loke said that the rapid vehicle registration rate in the FT made it the perfect choice as a starting location for the system, which kicked off as a pilot project in April with the FC plate series. He said that JPJeBid will eventually be rolled out in other states, with adoption to be made in stages.

He said that there were 2,481 bids received for the FC series, which netted the government RM3,113,364 in collection. Loke said the highest bid was RM231,000 for the FC1 plate.

No change in the registration and bidding procedure from that detailed in the pilot project. The system is open to individuals and companies who are looking to tender for specific number plates. All bidders must sign up for an ID on the MySIKAP portal. Individuals must furnish details and provide a copy of their identity card for registration purposes, while companies and businesses will have to provide copies of the business registration certificate and licence, among other things.

Once registration has been approved, users will be able to utilise the e-bidding system through a computer or via a mobile device, searching for a plate series and specific number. Payment is made once a bid is finalised for a particular number, for both the sum of the bid and a RM10 service fee.

Payment can only be made with locally-issued credit cards, with the use of more than one card permissible for the bid. If a bid is successful, the amount will be deducted immediately from the credit card. Unsuccessful bids will see the cancellation of the transaction and the amount credited back to the credit card, with no charges applied.

Four general categories for numbers are listed, with each category having a minimum payment criteria. That for regular (or running) numbers start from RM300, while that for popular (double-digit, certain triple-digit numbers) start from RM800. Numbers with matching digits start from RM3,000m and the minimum bid price for a primary value (single-digit) number is RM20,000.

No deposit is required, but each bidder’s first bid amount must equal or exceed the minimum price set in each category. The minimum bid increase is 5% of the minimum price amount by category, with no limit for maximum increase.

In this case, the minimum bid increase for a primary value number is RM1,000, and RM150, RM40 and RM15 for matching digit, popular and regular numbers respectively, and these sums remain constant as a minimum bid increase each time a bid is revised upwards. There is no limit to a bid, but bidders will not be allowed to withdraw their bids during the bidding period.

Each individual is eligible to successfully bid for a maximum of three vehicle numbers, while businesses and companies will be limited to five vehicle numbers per series. All bid winners have a period of 12 months to carry out the vehicle registration from the date of the letter of offer given by the department, following which the offer letter will expire and be considered invalid. No extensions – or refunds – will be provided. Those not wanting to take up the number will also not get refunds.

Individuals will be allowed to transfer the successfully bid number, but only to a member of the immediate family, and this will entail providing relevant supporting documents (birth certificate, marriage certificate etc). Companies will not be able to transfer a number before it is registered to a vehicle.