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Malaysia’s Ministry of Transport is gearing up to unveil new road tax rates for electric vehicles (EVs).  This is expected to be announced this month as part of the government’s commitment to sustainable transport, reducing emissions, and aligning with global efforts to combat climate change.

In a press conference, Transport Minister Anthony Loke Siew Fook highlighted the government’s intention to make EV ownership more attractive by ensuring reasonable road tax fees.

According to Mr. Loke, a major factor they’re considering is balancing the engine capacity of EVs with internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles.

“The commitment of the government is to reduce tax so that those who purchase EV vehicles will enjoy an appropriate road tax fee. We hope an announcement on road tax for EV can be made before the end of April,” Mr. Loke stated.

Currently, EV owners are exempted from paying road tax until 2025.

Loke assured that the objective is to lower road tax rates for EVs, making them more affordable and encouraging their adoption across the country.

Furthermore, the government plans to roll out special number plates for EVs purchased after the implementation of the rates.

“For EV users using their existing number plates, we will not force them to switch to new ones. Most of them would want to keep their existing number plates as some had bought them,” Mr. Loke said.

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