Don't know where to buy an RFID tag or how to stick them on your car? Don't worry, we have you covered.
If you've just come back from your holiday and have not heard the news, well let us give you a recap of the big news that hit motorists in December 2021. The Ministry of Works announced that they would gradually start to phase out Touch' n Go and SmartTAG lanes along the North-South Highway in favour of RFID lanes starting from, now, 2022.
What this means is that sooner or later, all Touch' n Go and SmartTAG lanes will be removed, and instead, all motorists will have to use RFID as their primary way of getting taxed for using the highway.
As part of the announcement, they also informed road users to kit themselves out with an RFID tag as soon as possible to avoid getting stuck at tolls in the near future. But where does one get it in the first place?
For those unfamiliar with RFID, it is more of an advanced toll payment system than SmartTAG and Touch' n Go (TnG). RFID uses a radio frequency system to read RFID tags over longer distances.
The RFID tags have to be bought, registered and installed on your vehicles. After which, you will be able to start using them.
Toll charges will be deducted through its proprietary TnG e-Wallet application, which requires downloading on your smartphone.
So where can you purchase RFID tags?
There are a few ways you can acquire RFID tags for your vehicles.
- RFID fitment centre
If you're unsure about the whole ecosystem and how it works, you can visit the 39 RFID fitment centres dotted all around the Klang valley to get one and be brought up to speed about them.
- Shopee or Lazada
If you're a hands-on type of person and love DIY, you can either purchase them via e-commerce sites like Lazada and Shopee.
- TnG eWallet App
While the TnG eWallet way might sound like the path with the most resistance, it's actually relatively easy as all you need to do is simply download, register and open the app, and then go to the RFID option. You will then tap on the RFID kit ordering option, bringing you to the ordering page. Then, enter your details, complete the purchase by paying RM 35, and they will send it out to your designated address.
- Petrol Stations and Convenience Stores
Some petrol stations and convenience shops also sell RFID tags, so buy one if you ever come across it for the easiest of acquisitions.
How do you install them?
Here are the recommended ways to install the RFID tag for those who will not be going through the RFID fitment centre route. For those who are, trained personnel at the fitment centres will do it all for you.
- Clean the surface of the windscreen or headlamp
- Peel off the TNG RFID Tag
- Install TNG RFID Tag on the outside of the upper left windscreen or left headlamp (passenger side).
According to Touch N' Go, RFID tags cannot be installed on a headlamp or windscreen with a tint or near (at least 5cm away) metal content.
It is recommended that you install the tags on the windscreen for larger cars like SUVs and MPVs and headlamps for smaller cars.
You have to bear in mind that once you have installed the RFID tags, they cannot be peeled off and reinstalled as they will be damaged - so make sure that you take the necessary precautions before sticking them on.