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    Jul 20, 2016

    Vehicle Entry Permit setup not ready: KL

    MALAYSIA'S transport ministry said it will announce the start of the Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) requirement and road charge on Singapore cars in "due course", refuting

    earlier reports which stated

    that the system would

    kick off last Saturday.

    In response to queries from The Straits Times, the country's Ministry of Transport (MOT) said "ample notice" will be given as to when the proposed RM20 (S$6.70) charge will be levied on foreign-registered vehicles entering Malaysia.

    Commercial vehicles and motorcycles will be excluded.

    The VEP - which also requires Singapore cars to register with Malaysia's Road Transport Department (JBJ) before entry - had been targeted to commence as early as last October but its implementation has been repeatedly postponed.

    A report in Malaysian newspaper New Straits Times on Monday said while the system was planned to

    launch last Saturday, it has been pushed back due to

    a "technical glitch".

    This was because authorities are working out "integration issues" to allow motorists to pay for the existing toll and new VEP fee together with a single swipe of their cash card.

    Malaysia's MOT said: "The MOT and JBJ is currently conducting the system tests to ensure smooth and seamless implementation."

    It added that about 144,000 vehicles have been registered for the VEP. Singapore vehicles still to register after the VEP is implemented will have to do so at the checkpoint counters at the Causeway in Johor Baru and the Second Link crossing.