From February 10, private vehicle owners are no longer required to display their road tax stickers on windscreens as part of digitalisation plans for Malaysia’s Road Transport Department (JPJ) for motor vehicle licences and driving licences.
Although the decision may be disputed by some Malaysians, it has generally been well received. However, most of us are probably still unclear on what the procedures would be if we were to get asked to show our digital road tax.
Recently, a TikTok video of a road user utilising this new feature has gone viral. In the video, it can be seen that he was stuck at a road block with JPJ officers.
When it eventually came to his turn, he was asked where his road tax sticker was to which he responded by saying that he has it.
He then proceeded to show it via his mobile phone which impressed the officer who stated that he was the first to show the digital road tax sticker.
The JPJ officer then praised him and thanked him for supporting them by downloading and using the mobile application.
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The video has since gone viral on TikTok as it currently sits on over 1.1 million views. However, the majority of netizens who took to the comments section appeared to have reservations on the new process.
A couple of users highlighted how it could be even more time consuming in comparison to the officer simply glancing at the road tax sticker on the windshield.
“It’ll make things slower. Sticking it is easier as you can just drive ahead. But now you’d have to stop to open up your phone.”
“I prefer them just glancing at it from the outside then you can just drive ahead. Instead of having to roll down your window and show your phone,” said a user.
Meanwhile, other users had reservations on using their phone whilst driving as the officers might use it to issue you a summon.
Some users wondered what it would be like if your phone had ran out of battery.
Watch the video below:
Have you tried the digital road tax yet? Share your experience with us in the comments!