PUTRAJAYA, Mar 17 – The Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) tags, which will be attached to all foreign-registered vehicles entering Malaysia through the Causeway and Second-Link Expressway, will be released in stages upon completion of ongoing application tests.
Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said the ongoing application test was expected to complete in mid-April. He said the VEP tag was fitted with Radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology and would be integrating a cashless payment system developed by Touch ‘n Go, the operator of the road charge collection.
“The Vehicle Entry Permit system will prevent foreign vehicles from being cloned and sold in the country. It will also allow us to prevent vehicles with outstanding summonses from leaving the country,” he said in a statement.
Liow said the ministry was currently in the process to introduce the VEP system in phases at the Malaysia-Thailand border, and the Sabah/Sarawak Indonesia/Brunei borders.
He said the introduction of the cashless payment system at the Causeway and the Second-Link Expressway was in line with the country’s aspiration to accelerate the creation of a robust and secure digital payment ecosystem.
“This will act as a catalyst to promote cashless solutions in Malaysia and create a cultural change as we embark on our continuing drive to developing a Malaysia of tomorrow through digitisation and technology,” he said.
On December 17, Liow announced that the VEP, which is scheduled to be implemented beginning January this year has been deferred. He said the deferment was to standardise its implementation for both Malaysia-Singapore and Malaysia-Thailand routes. — Bernama