(File pix) Photo shows Road Transport Department (RTD) enforcement officers at work. Private vehicles from Thailand have been found to be flouting the law in Malaysia by bringing tourists more than 2km from the border entry points. Pix by Muhammad Sulaiman

KUALA LUMPUR: Private vehicles from Thailand have been found to be flouting the law in Malaysia by bringing tourists more than 2km from the border entry points.

Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Abd Aziz Kaprawi, speaking at the Dewan Negara today, said vehicles from Thailand entering Malaysia are given an exemption of the International Circulation Permit (ICP), within a two kilometre radius.

“However, vehicles from Thailand, notably vans, have been found ferrying international tourists into the country without the ICP, way beyond the two kilometre radius,” said Aziz in reply to Senator Abdul Shukor Mohd Sultan, who is from Perlis.

Aziz said the government had been dealing with situation by stationing Road Transport Department (RTD) enforcement officers at other border checkpoints in Kedah, Perlis, Perak and Kelantan.

Only vehicles with the ICP are allowed to continue their journey.

Vehicles without ICP would be fined RM300 if found ferrying tourists illegally. They would also be forced to turn back to Thailand.

The exemption was part of a concession agreement between Malaysia and Thailand which was signed in 1993.

Meanwhile, Aziz also noted that the government will press on with the implementation of the Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) for vehicles entering Malaysia from Thailand and Singapore.

The VEP enables the government to identify the number of foreign vehicles entering Malaysia through the Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tag.

"The implementation of the VEP is important towards stepping up security aspects and border control of the country,” he said.

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