PUTRAJAYA: Owners of private vehicles need not display their road tax on the windscreen or carry the physical copy of their driving licence effective from today (Feb.10).
Transport Minister Anthony Loke said, this was made as the two will be made available in digital version via the Road Transport Department (RTD) public portal https://public.jpj.gov.my) or mobile application MyJPJ which can be downloaded from the App Store, Play Store or Huawei App Gallery.
He said this move is part of the ministry’s efforts to digitalise services offered by RTD.
“Starting today Malaysians can use the digital LKM (e-LKM) and digital LMM (e-LMM) display mode via the RTD public portal or MyJPJ mobile application.
“Through digitalisation the police and RTD will be provided with devices to carry out inspections or checks on the status of the licenses,” he said at a press conference at his ministry today.
With this device, the minister said, the enforcement officers could scan the QR code on the digital driver’s license and road tax and could verify whether the license and the road tax are genuine and valid or otherwise.
He added, this move could save RM96 million a year that was previously used for printing of road tax and driving license.
With this initiative he said, the provision under Section 20 of the Act Road Transport 1987 (Act 333) where “every road tax shall be displayed on the vehicle” will no longer be enforced for the category of owners under the first phase of the initiative.
“The exception will be gazetted under the authority given to the transport minister under Section 127(1) (b) of the Act. The initiative will be implemented in stages with the first phase involving individual private vehicles and motorcycles and the next phase will only be implemented after considering the system’s readiness and the public acceptance,” he said.
Loke also stressed that for drivers, vehicle owners and the elderly living in rural areas and not ready to move into digital platform could use the physical road tax and driving license during the interim period.
“In case there is no internet connectivity when they travel in an area, the drivers can save the screenshot of their driving license and road tax on their hand phones or print it out.
During the implementation period of the first phase he said, the vehicle owners or license holders would still be required to display their road tax or present the copy of their driving license.
“The driving licenses include the learner’s driving license holders, vocational license holders (PSV,GDL, KON) foreigners who hold Malaysian driving licenses and international driving permit (IDP) holders for foreign drivers.
“For road tax, it applies to vehicles registered for private companies, e-hailing services and goods companies and owned by foreigners.
“Any party who drives a vehicle without a valid road tax or driving license, action could be taken in line with the provisions under subsections 20(1), 90 (1) and 26 (1) of the Act,” he reiterated.
Enquiries on this initiative can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or call the RTD hotline at 03-27242522. –Malaysia World News