MOT to extend road tax renewal exemption period for another two months?
Looks like the Ministry of Transport is planning to further extend to expired road tax renewal exemption period for another two months, folks. Although this is yet to be confirmed, Astro Awani reported that this is being proposed for private vehicle owners who are exempted to renew their road taxes and driver licenses until 31 March 2021.
Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong, Malaysia's Transport Minister, stated that the ministry is currently in discussion with the Road Transport Department (JPJ) to extend this grace period, possibly until the end of May 2021. This is due to the fact that there are still a significant number of active and new COVID-19 cases here in Malaysia, especially Kuala Lumpur and Selangor.
The authorities are also planning on how to process all these expired vehicle road taxes once the grace period is over. With COVID-19 is still a huge risk to us all, congestion and overcrowding at JPJ counters should be avoided at all costs to stop any more infections from happening to folks living in Malaysia.
With that being said, vehicles with already expired road taxes must have valid insurance in order to travel on the roads legally. Folks are advised to carry along the insurance certificate or cover note as proof if requested by any members of the authority. Plus, it'll also be very useful if you get into any unfortunate accidents (but that goes without saying).
In other words, you can drive with an expired road tax but make sure that your insurance is active (and keep a copy with you just in case). Stay safe!