The initiative to end the use of road tax labels (Layson Kendland Madaor LKM) and actual driving license (Malaysia, or LMM) is expected to save the government considerable annual printing costs. Transport Minister Anthony Loke said it was estimated that moving to digital permits would save the road transport sector (JPJ) RM96 million annually.

JPJ will use the savings to digitize the process, he said. “This will be used to upgrade the system,” he said. He added that the digitization of road tax and driving licenses would save motorists time as there would no longer be a need to go to JPJ outlets or post offices to renew. It will also significantly reduce crowds at JPJ offices.

Mr Loke said the change was not inconsequential, with more than one million road tax updates being made across the country every month. “For example, in February 2022 alone there were 1.1 million renewals, while in March, the total number of road tax renewals was 1.6 million. On average, the number of renewals per month is about 1.5 million,” he said.

“By going digital, we can reduce the traffic in JPJ offices by about 80%, because out of the total, 80% of the renewals are for private cars. For the public, the savings will happen over time,” he said said at a news conference announcing the shift last Friday.

Loke said that in addition to paying online, motorists can also make use of 200 JPJ kiosks across the country to pay their road tax or driving license, the only difference is that they no longer need to print a physical copy of the document, just the payment receipt

From 10 February it will no longer be mandatory to have a road tax sticker on your vehicle (for certain classes). You can still get the LKM sticker, but your JPJ issued document is now in the system. People can download the MyJPJ mobile app and ‘store’ road tax and relief there, although this is not mandatory – here are the FAQs.

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