Road tax renewal process being studied to check leakages

PUTRAJAYA: According to Transport Minister Anthony Loke Siew Fook, they are already studying new initiative including using the existing information and technology system to process Motor Vehicle Licence (road tax) in the country, that is allegedly suffering from leakages.

The ministry is holding discussions with the Road Transport Department (RTD) to ensure the mechanism selected would not burden the people, especially those living in rural areas, he said.

 “We will look at other initiatives as such the integration of customs information system with mySIKAP information system as well as amendments to tighten the laws to conduct enforcement and prosecution on vehicle owners who renew their road tax outside their registration areas,” Loke said.

A special task force set up by JPJ and the ministry was tasked to investigate the matter while ensuring the issue of leakages being countered without burdening the driver and the vehicle owner, he added.

It was revealed on Tuesday by JPJ that there is leakages in revenue collection from road tax renewal throughout country exceeded RM50 million from January to August this year with more than 50% of the renewal transactions made in Sabah, Sarawak, Labuan and Langkawi involving vehicles registered and used outside of the state concerned.  “While we are still studying the platform to renew road tax, such transactions could still be carried out as usual,” said Loke.

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