Starting October 1, all foreign-registered vehicles entering Malaysia by land from Singapore must obtain vehicle entry permits (VEPs). Failure to comply may result in fines of up to RM2,000 (US$425) or imprisonment for up to six months, as announced by Malaysian Transport Minister Anthony Loke on Tuesday, May 28.

Here’s a breakdown of what you need to know about VEPs and the steps to acquire one:

Who Needs to Apply for a VEP?

Owners of all categories of foreign vehicles, including both private and commercial, must register for a VEP before entering Malaysia. This requirement extends to Singapore-registered motorcycles as well. Additionally, embassy and government vehicles are also subject to registration.

Steps to Apply for a VEP

  1. Register online via the Road Traffic Department’s official website at https://vep.jpj.gov.my.
  2. Upon registration, you will receive confirmation via email and be directed to the VEP portal at https://vepams.jpj.gov.my to complete the process.
  3. Ensure you have downloaded and registered your Touch N’ Go eWallet account before proceeding to the VEP portal.
  4. Submit required documents, including motor insurance, a copy of NRIC, and certificate of entitlement.
  5. Upon approval, choose your preferred method of collecting the VEP RFID tag – either by courier delivery or self-collection at a VEP collection center in Johor Bahru.
  6. Make the necessary payment online, typically by credit card. The tag costs RM10 excluding delivery and service charges.
  7. Upon receiving the RFID tag, perform “tag acknowledgment” by logging in to the VEP portal and inputting the RFID serial number for validation.

How to Attach the RFID Tag to Your Vehicle

  • Affix the RFID tag either to the top left corner of the windscreen or the left headlamp, ensuring it is at least 5 centimeters away from any metal part of the car body.
  • Take a photo of the tag with your car registration number visible and upload it on the VEP portal.
  • Wait for notification when your tag is activated.

Functionality of the RFID Tag: The RFID tag allows users to pay road charges and toll fees via designated RFID lanes on highway toll booths across Malaysia. It is linked to the user’s Touch N’ Go eWallet account and remains valid for five years from activation.

Additionally, the VEP system aims to enhance law enforcement efforts by providing authorities with a comprehensive database to monitor foreign vehicles and traffic offenses committed in the country.

Important Points to Note

  • The VEP RFID tag is non-transferable and unique to each vehicle.
  • In the event of tag loss, theft, or damage, users must update their vehicle status on the online portal and produce a police report for a replacement tag, subject to administrative fees.
  • Faulty tags will be replaced free of charge, while tampered or removed tags incur replacement charges.

Stay compliant and ensure smooth travel between Malaysia and Singapore by adhering to these VEP requirements and procedures.