3 Sep - 3 min read
The Transport Ministry has once again extended the deadline for the renewal of driving licences and road tax, this time until 31 December 2021. This is despite an earlier announcement that said all road users must renew their expired licences by 30 September 2021.
For context, the Road Transport Department (JPJ) had reiterated in August that all expired licences must be renewed by the deadline, and that no further extensions will be provided. The licences that were affected included Competent Driving Licences (CDL), Motor Vehicle Licences (LKM or road tax), Goods Driving Licence (GDL), and Public Service Vehicle Licence (PSV). Additionally, checks on compliance and enforcement by JPJ officers were slated to start from 1 October 2021 onwards.
With this latest extension, however, the Minister of Transport, Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong said that individuals with expired Malaysian driving licences and road tax will not need to worry about being penalised by JPJ enforcement officers and the police. “Motorists with expired road tax must, however, ensure that the insurance for their vehicles are valid. They must display their insurance e-cover note for authorities to check,” he noted.
“The ministry acknowledges the feedback and difficulties faced by many recently when seeking public services such as JPJ and other agencies during the Covid-19,” Datuk Wee further said.
This extension until 31 December 2021 is the latest in a long list of exemptions that the Transport Ministry and JPJ had provided to the public since the start of the movement control order (MCO) period back in March 2020. This first round of exemption was subsequently extended up to September 2020, and was then followed by a second round in January 2021 until March 2021 due to MCO 2.0 – with yet another extension from April to May 2021.
Following that, a third exemption was provided for vehicle owners with road tax or driving licences that expired between 1 June to 31 July 2021. This group were allowed to renew their documents between 1 August to 30 September 2021 – with 30 September supposedly being their “fixed and final” deadline.
Aside from announcing the deadline extension, Datuk Wee also noted that flood victims in Yan, Kedah will be able to get their JPJ documents replaced for free if they were damaged. However, these individuals must first lodge a police report and bring the report with them to the JPJ counter for verification. If not provided for free, the victims would have to pay replacement fees of RM20 for driving licences, RM50 for car road tax, and RM20 for motorcycle road tax.
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