According to Transport Minister Anthony Loke, various Road Transport Department (JPJ) branches have been directed to remove notices claiming that physical road tax stickers for private vehicles are no longer provided, reported The Star.
The instruction was originally issued to the department branches by the JPJ director-general Rospiagos Taha, saying that physical road tax will not be given from August 1 onwards. Customers are advised to renew their road tax online using the MyJPJ application instead.
“Several branches ran out of stock and have put up a notice saying that physical road tax is no longer available. However, this is not a policy decision, and we took quick action after finding out branches had run out of stock and ordered new stock,” Loke said yesterday at a press conference.
Loke also emphasised that the cut-off date for the full transition to the digital road tax (e-LKM) has yet to be set by the Transport Ministry. Therefore, vehicle owners are still given a choice to continue using physical stickers for the moment.
He also added that there will come a time when the ministry will transition to fully digital. But as for now, no decision has been made yet, and it would take six months to one year before the transition fully takes place. As of now, only 30% of vehicle owners have opted for digital road tax, according to JPJ.
Prior to this, Loke announced that private vehicle owners are no longer required to display physical road tax, starting February 10, 2023, and may opt for the digital version instead. He mentioned that the transition to digital stickers can help reduce congestion at JPJ offices and counters by up to 80%. The transition is expected to also help save RM96 million a year in sticker and card costs.