Owners of new vehicles that are registered from June 1 (yesterday), those renewing their vehicles’ road tax, and those doing a vehicle transfer from now on will no longer be getting a Registration Card (RC)/ Grant of their vehicles. Instead, they will be receiving an online-based Vehicle Ownership Certificate (VOC).
According to the Road Transport Department (JPJ) which made the announcement yesterday, this is an effort to further streamline and broaden the department's online services, as well as to make future transactions easier and faster for the public.
Similar to a grant, the VOC will carry all relevant vehicle and ownership details. However, JPJ says that the document will not be needed in physical form during renewal of road tax or changing of vehicle ownership as the details will be stored online and can be accessed any time.
According to JPJ, the full implementation of the new VOC system will be done in 3 phases:
Phase 1 (June 1st 2016)
- VOC will be issued to new vehicles owners, and to those doing a vehicle transfer
Phase 2 (September 1st 2016)
- VOC will be issued to vehicle owners who renew their road tax, and to those who make amendments to their details on the grant.
Phase 3 (January 1st 2017)
- All vehicle owners will be able to obtain a VOC to replace the grant on a voluntary basis by going to a JPJ office.
JPJ said that it is expecting all registered vehicle owners in the country to move from the RC to the VOC by January 2020.
Besides being an initiative to make things more efficient for themselves and owners, JPJ said that the Vehicle Ownership Certificate is also an effort to prevent car cloning syndicates.
Starting today, vehicle owners will be able to renew their VOC online and no longer have to queue up at JPJ offices.
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