In light of the still-ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Transport (MoT) has now announced an extension to the exemption period for road tax renewals until the 31st May 2021, Bernama reports.

Transport Minister, Datuk Seri Dr. Wee Ka Siong said at a gotong-royong event at Parit Raja yesterday: “I have discussed about the exemption extension with the Road Transport Department (RTD) director-general for them to make necessary preparations as there are still states that recorded a high number of Covid-19 cases such as Kuala Lumpur and Selangor.

“At the same time, the ministry is thinking of an effective way to settle unpaid road tax cases in phases to avoid congestion (at RTD counters) once the exemption is lifted,” he added.

While drivers can still move around in their vehicles during the exemption period, even if their road tax has expired, he said that the vehicles must have a valid motor vehicle insurance coverage. It is advisable to always keep a copy of the vehicle’s insurance certificate – either physical or soft copy – handy as proof, just in case it is requested by the enforcement officer for verification.

The road tax renewal exemption was first announced on 29 January, original scheduled until March 31 to prevent crowding in public places during the second Movement Control Order (MCO 2.0).