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Update: 9 October 2019, 2pm
Malaysia's Transport Minister Anthony Loke has announced that the enforcement of the VEP will delayed until 2020, at the earliest.
According to The Straits Times, the reason for the delay is mainly due to "some issues on the installment of the RFID at the vendor". He also said that their system was not able to cope "with the numbers of cars and vehicles that were supposed to install the RFID".
A new mechanism to install the RFID tag will be announced in the future. In addition, the VEP scheme will be first implemented at the Woodlands checkpoint, followed by the Tuas checkpoints.
Once enforced, foreign cars without VEP that enter Malaysia will be fined upon exiting the country.
Update: 1 October 2019, 8.30pm
According to Channel News Asia, the Malaysia Ministry of Transport has announced that the enforcement of the Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) during both peak and non-peak hours will be put on hold until further notice.
There is currently no word on how long this no enforcement period will last. Drivers are still advised to apply for the VEP and print out the confirmation slip before entering Malaysia.
Update: 27 September 2019, 11am
According to a JPJ representative, Motorcycles will need to register for the VEP as well. He also added that motorcyclists can use the VEP Confirmation Slip to enter Malaysia for now. Motorcyclists will need to install the VEP RFID tag eventually, but a date was not specified. The main efforts from JPJ will be focused on motorcars for now.
He also added that the October 2019 slots are fully booked, and the November 2019 slots will open around 20 October.
Update: 23 September 2019, 7.50pm
According to the ministry, peak-hours are as follows:
Monday to Thursday: 5am to 11am, 7pm to 10pm
Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 1pm to 3am
This decision was made by the ministry due to "several issues", including the difficulties to book an appointment for the RFID Tag installation.
This deferment affects "all outbound traffic" at Bangunan Sultan Iskandar (BSI) and Kompleks Sultan Abu Bakar (KSAB), at the Woodlands and Tuas Checkpoints.
The ministry also announced that it will open an additional RFID installation centre at KSAB to help alleviate the issue. The opening date of this additional installation centre has yet to be announced.
Update: 20 September 2019, 3pm
Channel 8 has uploaded a short YouTube video that contains more information on the whole VEP issue that most Singaporeans are facing. Here's we understand:
1) If you have already registered for your VEP but are unable to install the RFID tag in time, the penalty will be waived.
2) Speaking of penalty, the video claimed that vehicles which have yet to register for their VEP after 1 October 2019 will be fined a total of RM300 (approx. S$96.68).However, the official VEP website still puts the penalty at RM150 (approx. S$49.33).
3) You will need to print out your VEP confirmation slip as proof in order for the penalty to be waived. The duration of this exemption period was not stated.
4) Malaysian authorities have confirmed that from October 2019 onwards, car owners who have registered for their VEP, but have not received their confirmation email/slip, can go directly to the collection centres to install their RFID tags. This is subjected to availability of slots for the day (TBC).
5) Malaysia authorities are also considering to increase the number of collection centres for the RFID tags.
6) There have been reports online that the VEP RFID tag cannot be detected through V-Kool window tint films. It could be due to its material, which contains metallic elements.
7) It is recommended to refrain from entering Malaysia on 1 October, as there is bound to be a jam due to the new ruling.
Update: 19 September 2019, 10.30pm
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It appears that the VEP RFID appointment dates for October 2019 are now open. Shared by a Motorist Community Telegram user, the dates 6 to 11 October and 13 to 31 October are now available for booking. Do act fast, as these dates will be snatched up quickly.
If you're unable to see the October 2019 appointment dates, please try typing in the following URL manually: vep.jpj.gov.my/#/admin/new-tag-appointment
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Update: October 2019 slots are all fully booked!
Update: 19 September 2019, 10.30am
From October 2019 onwards, all vehicles from Singapore entering Malaysia will be required to register for a Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP). Here’s a handy guide on how to apply for one.
A VEP refers to a permit required by foreign vehicles when entering another country. Earlier in April this year, the Malaysian Transport Ministry announced that they planned to implement the enforcement of VEP at all checkpoints. If you are entering Malaysia with a vehicle, it will need to be tagged with a VEP-RFID tag.
The law requiring that all vehicles be outfitted with a VEP-RFID tag will be coming into full effect from October 2019 onwards. Any vehicle caught without the VEP-RFID tag will be fined for a penalty of RM150 (approx. S$50). Thus, it is vital to start applying for a VEP if you have not already done so.
The application process for a VEP also does take up quite a bit of time, therefore, it would be best to get started before October 2019. If you’re unsure on how to apply for a VEP, don’t worry – we here at Motorist have you covered. Here’s an easy, step-by-step guide on how to apply for a Malaysian VEP.
Step One: Register At The Official VEP Portal
There is only one way of registering for a VEP and that is online, through the official VEP portal. As of date, there are no other ways of registering for a VEP, as application can only be done strictly online. The application process is very simple, as long as you follow all the instructions provided on the portal.
The portal requires you to create an account before you start the application process. This account can be used to view any updates on the status of your application, as well as booking an appointment for the collection of or renewal of the VEP-RFID tag. Thus, do ensure you remember your account details to avoid any hassle.
The application form of the VEP will require your own personal details as well as your vehicle information. To avoid filling in the application form manually, simply upload the PDF file of your car registration. The aforementioned PDF file can be downloaded from the official LTA website of OneMotoring. Once your registration is successful, you’ll receive a confirmation email.
Additionally, for drivers who do not wish to login to OneMotoring using their SingPass, our Motorist App is a useful alternative. You can view any vehicle information you need on our app itself. If your vehicle is registered under someone else, you will also be able to view any vehicle details you require on the Motorist App.
Step Two: Download The Touch N' Go eWallet
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While waiting for the confirmation email, download and set up your Touch N' Go eWallet, which is available on both Apple and Google App stores. This Touch N' Go ewallet will be useful as it is linked to the VEP-RFID tag upon collection. In addition, the eWallet automatically pays your road charge.
Do be careful when selecting the ID type in your eWallet, as selecting wrongly may cause your eWallet and VEP to be mismatched. This mismatch may result in you not obtaining your VEP-RFID tag. On the occasion that you accidentally choose the wrong ID type, you’ll need to create another account to change it. For Singaporeans, you should be choosing NRIC as the ID type in the Touch N' Go eWallet. For Permanent Residents (PRs) or foreigners, you should choose passport as the ID type.
Step Three: Make An Appointment To Collect The VEP-RFID Tag
After receiving the confirmation email, you’ll have to make an appointment on the official VEP portal to tag your vehicle by booking a slot at four available locations in Johor Bahru. These four locations are as follows: Pandan R&R, Gelang Patah Southbound R&R, Angsana Open Carpark C, Lima Kedai Toll Plaza. Padan R&R and Angsana Open Carpark C are located near Woodlands Checkpoint, while Gelang Patah Southbound R&R and Lima Kedai Toll Plaza are closer to Tuas Checkpoint.
Although the email will list these four locations as possible areas at which you can collect your VEP-RFID tag, this may not be the case as some slots may already be full. There are reportedly only two locations available most of the time. Therefore it is imperative you keep your schedule free and options open to ensure that the slots will be convenient enough for you.
After booking an appointment, you will receive an ‘Invite to Appointment’ email. This email will contain your VEP-RFID tag appointment slip that you’ll have to bring along for the appointment during which your vehicle will be tagged with the VEP-RFID tag.
Update: All four collection centres are now fully booked
Step Four: Go To Your Appointment For Collection Of The VEP-RFID Tag
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The collection point of your VEP-RFID tag will not be at any office or building, but instead at container booths as seen in the image above. Once you collect your queue number, you will have to wait for it to be called before your vehicle can be tagged. As you will have to drive your vehicle over to tag it, ensure that it is parked in a spot that is easily accessible and not blocked by other cars.
The required documents for the collection of the VEP-RFID tag are as follows: VEP confirmation slip, VEP-RFID tag appointment slip, a photocopy of your passport, a copy of your latest insurance cover note and the registration documents of your vehicle that were issued by the LTA. Some locations like Gelang Patah Southbound R&R may hold on to your documents, while others will return them to you straight away.
The VEP-RFID tag costs RM10 (approx S$3.30) and is valid for five years. It will be checked over by officials to see if it is functioning properly. While the tag is usually attached to the windshield (see image below), they may attach it to the headlamp for certain cars. Therefore if you have any concerns regarding the placement of the tag, do not hesitate to raise it up with them. The appointment should not take longer than two hours.
Follow our simple guide on applying for a VEP, and your application process will be hassle free. Still facing issues? Join our Telegram group to discuss your problems with the Motorist team and fellow drivers!
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