The transport ministry is looking at new ways to plug revenue leakages from road tax collection, transport minister Anthony Loke said, adding that the ministry is also holding discussions with the JPJ to ensure the mechanism selected would not burden the people, especially those living in rural areas.

“We will look at other initiatives as such the integration of customs information system with mySIKAP information system as well as amendments to tighten the laws to conduct enforcement and prosecution on vehicle owners who renew their road tax outside their registration areas,” he told the media, reported by Bernama.

Earlier this week, JPJ revealed that leakages in revenue collection from road tax renewal exceeded RM50 million from January to August this year, with more than 50% of the renewal transactions made in Sabah, Sarawak, Labuan and Langkawi involving vehicles registered and used outside of the states. Road tax is lower in those areas than in Peninsular Malaysia.

“While we are still studying the platform to renew road tax, such transactions could still be carried out as usual,” said Loke.

This is reiterating the earlier order from the ministry to review JPJ’s move to stop road tax renewals at post offices for vehicles with engine capacity of 2,000 cc and above at all post offices in Sabah, Sarawak, Langkawi and Labuan. The move caused some difficulty for East Malaysian vehicle owners, especially those living in rural areas with no nearby access to JPJ offices.