JOHOR BAHARU, April 9 – The imposition of the Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) fee on foreign-registered vehicles entering the country via Singapore is expected to be implemented this year after several years of delay. Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said at the moment, there were several technical issues which needed to be tackled before VEP could be implemented.
“I do not want to announce the exact date of the VEP implementation as yet, because there is no point of doing so if we are still not able to implement it,” he told reporters after attending the Belt and Road Initiative: The China-ASEAN Relations International Conference which was officiated by Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin here Saturday.
Liow, who is also MCA president said the VEP implementation had also received good support from Singapore. Meanwhile, commenting on the temporary suspension of Rayani Air operations announced by the country s first Shariah compliant airline today, he said the move showed the company gave serious attention to the warning issued by the government.
He said Rayani Air is aware of the seriousness of the warning issued by the government previously and due to that, they have taken such action. He said whatever happened to Rayani Air, they need to ask them. On the online transportation service issue, Liow said the ministry was in discussion with the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) to find the best mechanism to solve the problem arising between Uber, GrabCar and regular taxi.
In the meantime, he also said they are actively discussing with SPAD to find a mechanism to register Uber and GrabCar services so that they can operate on the same platform as regular taxi and any decision on the matter is expected to be announced soon.