Yesterday, the Transport Ministry revealed that tags for a new Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) system will be issued in mid-April
According to New Straits Times, the ministry is currently in the process of introducing the VEP system in phases at Malaysia's border with Thailand and at its borders with Indonesia and Brunei in the states of Sabah and Sarawak.
This would be in addition to the existing road charges.
The VEP scheme was originally set to start in January, but was delayed because more time was needed to fine-tune the system.
Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said that the tags will be attached to foreign-registered vehicles entering the country via the Causeway and the Second Link
The tags are undergoing application tests and should be ready for release in stages by mid-April.
Liow said that the VEP would cost RM25 (SGD8.40) and be valid for five years.
"The Vehicle Entry Permit system will prevent foreign vehicles from being cloned and sold in the country," said Liow in a press statement
He added that, "It will also allow us to prevent vehicles with outstanding summonses from leaving the country."
The VEP tag is fitted with radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology and will be integrated with a cashless payment system developed by Touch 'n Go
Mr Liow had earlier said that the RFID tag could eventually be used to pay the road charge as well, as an alternative to the Touch 'n Go payment system.
According to The Star, the introduction of the cashless payment system at the Causeway and the Second Link Expressway is in line with Malaysia's aspiration to be a cashless society.