KUALA LUMPUR, 4 Dec 2018:
The Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) system has failed to reach its objectives although three extensions of time (EOT) have been issued.
The Auditor-General’s 2017 Series 2 Report released yesterday said the VEP system was still at the Provisional Acceptance Test (PAT) stage. Because of this, enforcement activities to monitor the movement of foreign vehicles into the country could not be properly carried out.
The report revealed that until the date of auditing was conducted between June and July 2018, only seven (30.4%) of the modules were completed (gone live) out of 23 modules and of the 1,864 units of equipment, only 1,578 (84.7%) were successfully installed.
The Road Charge Collection System (RC) and VEP projects come under the Transport Ministry and Road Transport Department, which act as implementation agency to impose a road charge of RM20 per entry for foreign-registered vehicles.
The report also found obvious weaknesses in the appointment of contractors, which was made by direct negotiations and contradicted the decision of the Technical and Financial Committee.
There was also uncertainty over the issue of the software licensing renewal costing RM7.82 million.
The report also made eight recommendations to overcome the weaknesses in the system – including identifying the incompetence of the system; taking immediate action to avoid impairing government revenue collection; improving the level of monitoring the contractors’ work; and co-ordinating with relevant agencies so that the RC and VEP systems will be fully completed before Dec 31.