The enforcement of the Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP), which is required for foreign vehicles entering Malaysia, will be deferred until further notice, the transport ministry announced via an official statement today. The first phase of enforcement would have started next week, October 1, at the southern border with Singapore.

“In light of several issues made known to the ministry including the difficulties to get appointments for RFID Tag installation, the ministry will defer enforcement of VEP on all outbound traffic at both KSAB and BSI during peak hour traffic operation until further notice,” the statement said, referring to the Sultan Abu Bakar Complex and Sultan Iskandar Building checkpoints in Johor.

The transport ministry also announced the opening of another fitment centre for the VEP RFID Tag, which will be located at the JPJ office in the Sultan Abu Bakar Complex (outbound). The opening date of this facility “will be announced shortly.” The current four fitment centres are at the Gelang Patah Southbound R&R, the Plaza Angsana open carpark, Pandan R&R and Lima Kedai toll plaza.

“The ministry hopes that with the opening of this additional fitment centre and this deferment, all foreign vehicle owners will take this opportunity to immediately register and get the RFID Tag installed to avoid any difficulties to commute in and out of Malaysia in the future,” the statement added.

VEP registration was opened in April this year, with a period of six months given to owners of foreign vehicles to apply and install the RFID tag. The VEP for each registered vehicle is valid for a period of five years.

The government says that “VEP is a vital component in its efforts to address the problems with owners of foreign vehicles that have violated our road transport laws and the issues with irresponsible parties exporting/importing stolen or illegitimately registered vehicles across the country’s borders.”

The latter is to do with “cloned vehicles” or cars that were supposed to have been scrapped in Singapore, but brought in illegally to Malaysia, sold below market value, and running with fake number plates mirroring that of a similar vehicle.