Transport ministry finalising vendor for EV-specific number plates, to be made mandatory in future

Transport ministry finalising vendor for EV-specific number plates, to be made mandatory in future

Special number plates specifically for electric vehicles in Malaysia are currently in their final stages of development, and these are awaiting technical finalisation before their official launch, reported New Straits Times. The Malaysian government is in the process of appointing a vendor for the overseeing of its implementation, said transport minister Anthony Loke.

“We are currently finalising the technical aspects. Once this is completed, we will promptly make the announcement,” Loke said. While the adoption of the EV-specific number plates will be voluntary to begin with, these will eventually be made mandatory on new EVs, the transport minister said. Meanwhile, owners of existing EVs will have the option of switching to the EV-specific plates.

These number plates to denote electric vehicles in the country are said to incorporate RFID technology as an additional feature, according to the New Straits Times report, however no specific timeline has been revealed for their implementation.

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The transport minister disclosed in July 2023 that the ministry is working on a special series of number plates specifically for electric vehicles in Malaysia, alongside a road tax structure that will be cheaper than that for petrol-powered cars. This EV tax structure was announced earlier this month; see the kilowatt (kW)-based table, here.

In October 2023, the road transport department (JPJ) issued a request for proposal (RFP) for the implementation of a special number plate design for zero-emissions vehicles.

The transport minister previously said that the EV-specific plates will be RFID-linked for an added safety element, as in the event of a fire involving an EV, emergency responders will know that the vehicle they will have to deal with has a high-voltage powertrain and EV battery, which requires a different set of SOPs compared to ICE vehicle fires.

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Comments

  • newme on Jun 25, 2024 at 4:53 pm

    Why need APPOINTED vendor? Can just give the spec to hundreds of sign makers out there to do it.

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    • Ghani on Jun 26, 2024 at 2:20 pm

      Because the rich have to feel super exclusive & super entitled in PH Msia. This is a gomen for the rich & powerful.

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      • Appointing is still better than seizing people’s business like forcing owner to surrender 51% ownership of logistics company.

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  • what the…. i spend money buy number plate then now need to surrender for free?

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    • Ghani on Jun 26, 2024 at 2:21 pm

      Now you can really feel entitled to be a rich by paying again for the same number plate, only in an exclusive colour. Doesn’t that make you feel rich to be owning an EV?

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  • Susukotak on Jun 26, 2024 at 9:43 am

    Buat la semua skali… apa pilih2 plak

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  • Autodriver on Jun 26, 2024 at 10:55 am

    Instead of having special car plate for EV, I hope transport minister enforce all EV cars equipped with “active and electronic based RFID device” like Singapore. When more and more cars with active RFID device then the toll traffic will be reduced because the speed to passthru the toll is much quicker. The current passive RFID is a joke, the tolls always not able to detect it and all cars stop. Worst than manual touch and go card access.

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  • Hubby Hannah Yeoh on Jun 26, 2024 at 11:50 am

    Vendor or cronies?

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  • Why only EV? Why not the whole vehicle plate system?

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  • Mr Mar on Jun 26, 2024 at 5:53 pm

    Should focus on standardizing plate number size and dimensions, so that plate number recognition systems can be implement on highways etc

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