Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong just announced that expiring road tax and driving licences are exempted from renewal during the Movement Control Order (MCO) period
In a statement published on Facebook on Tuesday, 24 March, Wee explained that he used the provisions of the law under Section 66 (1) of the Road Transport Act 1987 (Act 333) to exempt all drivers from renewing their expired driving licences for the remaining of the MCO.
He added that the ministry is aware of the difficulties faced by the public in the renewal of licence and road tax during this trying time.
"With the exemption, drivers are advised to carry their insurance cover notes while driving during the MCO period at all times. Those with an expired driving licence can still drive as long as the vehicle is covered with valid insurance," the statement read.
Prior to the exemption, road tax and driving licence renewals during the MCO were required to be done online
Applicants had to fill out forms via the MySikap JPJ or MyEG portals. Now, the renewal of expired road tax and driver's licence will only be required to be completed within 30 days after the restriction is declared over.
Malay Mail reported that all agencies under the Ministry of Transport counters including the Road Transport Department (JPJ), Land Public Transport Agency, Vehicle Licensing Board in Sabah and Sarawak, as well as JPJ services at post offices will not be operating until the end of the MCO to prevent crowds that could spread COVID-19.
The same exemptions apply to commercial vehicles and commercial vehicle drivers
Those who hold a Goods Driver's Licence (GDL) need to ensure the vehicle is covered with motor insurance.
"With this exemption, commercial vehicle drivers are also exempted from obtaining a health report and going through a Puspakom vehicle inspection approval which are part of the license renewal process," Wee explained.
"We want to ensure the supply chain of essential goods for the masses is unaffected throughout the MCO period."
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