6 more months for vehicles from Singapore to be fitted with RFID

Owners of vehicles entering Malaysia from Singapore have been given time to register for RFID.

MUAR: The Road Transport Department (JPJ) has given a six-month extension to Singaporean vehicle owners to apply for Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags which uniquely identify each vehicle when entering Malaysia through the two checkpoints in Johor.

Department director-general Shaharuddin Khalid said today the RFID system introduced along with Vehicle Entry Permits (VEP), had previously been suspended to give time to vehicle owners to register for the RFID.

So far, while 230,000 Singapore-registered vehicles have registered for VEPs, only 60,000 vehicles from Singapore have signed up for the RFID.

“Right now, we are in the phase of installing the RFID system in vehicles which have registered (for it) and we are still giving other vehicle owners time to do so,” Shaharuddin said, adding that he was confident the government and citizens of Singapore had been informed of the VEP and RFID systems.

Shaharuddin was speaking to reporters after the launch of the JPJ’s Southern Zone highway enforcement station at the Pagoh rest area (south-bound) here. Also present was PLUS Malaysia Berhad managing director Azman Ismail.

Commenting on car safety seats for children, Shaharuddin said summonses had not yet been issued against errant drivers as the department was still focusing on creating awareness.

“For the moment, we will pull over drivers who have not installed the seats but only for the purpose of educating them and to compile statistics before we undertake a review.”