RM144m to be col­lected an­nu­ally from for­eign ve­hi­cles

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

THE gov­ern­ment will be col­lect­ing RM144 mil­lion a year from for­eign-reg­is­tered ve­hi­cles via its road charge (RC) sys­tem at the Malaysia-Sin­ga­pore bor­der.

Deputy Trans­port Min­is­ter Datuk Ab Aziz Kaprawi said the ex­pected rev­enue is based on an es­ti­mated 20,000 for­eign­reg­is­tered pri­vate ve­hi­cles en­ter­ing Malaysia daily.

He said based on the min­istry’s ob­ser­va­tion, there is no neg­a­tive im­pli­ca­tions iden­ti­fied through the im­ple­men­ta­tion of RC.

He said other than the RC col­lec­tion sys­tem, the Ve­hi­cle En­try Per­mit (VEP) record sys­tem will also be im­ple­mented be­gin­ning 2017 to have a com­plete data­base of for­eign-reg­is­tered ve­hi­cles en­ter­ing Malaysia.

“Among the pos­i­tive ef­fects that can be ex­pected from th­ese im­ple­men­ta­tions is the mon­i­tor­ing of for­eign ve­hi­cles en­ter­ing Malaysia through its records.

“This is to en­sure the safety of the coun­try at bor­ders and bet­ter en­force­ment for vi­o­la­tion of traf­fic reg­u­la­tions,” Aziz said in re­sponse to Khoo Soo Seang (BNTe­brau).

Khoo had asked the min­istry to state the im­pli­ca­tions of the RC sys­tem and its to­tal col­lec­tion since it was im­ple­mented in stages from Nov 1.

“For now, for­eign-reg­is­tered ve­hi­cles (en­ter­ing Malaysia) are not recorded here, and this among oth­ers, causes ve­hi­cle­cloning prob­lems.

“The ve­hi­cle own­ers also tend to es­cape from le­gal ac­tion af­ter com­mit­ting an of­fence, whether it a traf­fic of­fence or over-stay­ing in the coun­try,” Aziz said.

He also said the non-ex­is­tence of records of for­eign-reg­is­tered ve­hi­cles have caused prob­lems in iden­ti­fy­ing of­fend­ers who en­ter and exit the coun­try.

“With the im­ple­men­ta­tion of th­ese sys­tems, the gov­ern­ment can trace and pre­vent for­eign-reg­is­tered ve­hi­cles from not pay­ing out­stand­ing sum­mons,” Aziz said.

He said the Na­tional Blue Ocean Strat­egy would also al­low the data­base of ve­hi­cle en­tries to be shared with other en­force­ment au­thor­i­ties like the po­lice and Cus­toms to strengthen bor­der se­cu­rity.

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