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KANGAR, 11 April 2016:

The Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) system for Singapore vehicles is expected to be implemented in June, said Road Transport Department (JPJ) director-general Datuk Seri Ismail Ahmad.

He said the implementation of the VEP which uses an integrated system would however, take time, possibly six months for it to be fully functional.

According to the system, every Singapore vehicle which enters Malaysia would be registered and those with summons for offences committed would not be allowed to leave until the summons are settled, he added.

“The system can also help prevent vehicle cloning since there was no vehicle entry registration system for Singapore vehicles before this. Those who intend to dispose their vehicles by selling them cheap will no longer be allowed to do so.”

He also said the five-year term limit for vehicles imposed by the Singapore government had resulted in Singaporeans taking the opportunity to sell their cars cheaply in Malaysia.

After implementing the Singapore VEP system, he said the second phase would be introduced for vehicles from Thailand, followed by the third phase involving vehicles from Indonesia in Sarawak.

Meanwhile, Ismail said JPJ and the police should not be blamed for the increasing number of road accidents, adding that the main cause of accidents was drivers’ attitude.

In another development, he said nine driving institutions which had fulfilled the specific requirements would be granted five-star rating.

Ismail said the public would soon be able to obtain their printed driving licence at these driving institutions apart from MyEg kiosks and the post office.

He said from September last year, the written test required to obtain a driving licence was made more specific and the number of passes increased to 80%, compared to 45% previously and candidates who failed for the second time were allowed to sit for an oral test.

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