RTD director-general Datuk Seri Shaharuddin Khalid said the special registration plates were for companies that wish to create a special identity trend or signature for their fleet of vehicles. (NSTP/LUQMAN HAKIM ZUBIR)

PUTRAJAYA: The Road Transport Department is now offering multi-national corporations and companies in the private sector their very own “signature” vehicle registration plates, akin to those such as “Patriot”, “Sukom”, “BAMBee”, “1M4U” and “RIMAU”.

All they need to do is pay the department RM5 million for the first 1000 registrations and RM1 million for each lot of subsequent 1000 registrations.

RTD director-general Datuk Seri Shaharuddin Khalid said the special registration plates were for companies that wish to create a special identity trend or signature for their fleet of vehicles.

He said companies that are interested can send their proposal for desired spelling to be used on the plates for the department’s approval.

“For instance, names like Petronas, Maybank... may be the companies would like to add exclusivity to their respective brands, so they might want a special plate that says ‘PETRONAS’ or ‘MAYBANK’ followed by a number. Now, they can.

“These customised plates are only for the first 1,000 numbers, from 1 to 1000. Each subsequent series of 1,000 numbers will cost an additional RM1 million,” he told reporters.

In January, Shaharuddin had said the Transport Ministry had extended the special registration plate programme to public universities for a nominal fee of RM500,000.

On Thursday, Transport Minister Anthony Loke had announced that public universities could take up the department's special registration plate idea and resell them to raise funds for themselves.

Unlike the private sector, the universities would only have to pay RM500,000 for any customised registration plates for 10,000 vehicle registrations.

Speaking on special registration plates for public universities, Shaharuddin said if they intended to resell the numbers in order to raise funds, it has to be done within three years.

“If not, they must be returned to the department,” he said, adding that any proposal for customised registration plates would have to sent to the department for approval six months ahead of time.

On e-bidding for registration plates, Shaharuddin said the department would open bidding online for Penang plates beginning with PPC from Aug 2 to 6.

“After Putrajaya, Federal Territory (Kuala Lumpur) and Kedah, we have extended the e-bidding to Penang.”

Shaharuddin said the e-bidding system, which was introduced in April, had made the department’s work easier as everything is done online and the system automatically awards the plates to the highest bidder.

“It is time-saving. It runs on real time and is efficient. The system tabulates and announces the winner almost immediately after the bidding period ends.

“Those days, we used to take up to two weeks to tabulate and come to a conclusion,” he said, adding that only those registered in the system were allowed to bid using either credit or debit cards online.

Shaharuddin said the new system has brought in RM9.6 million in revenue to the Transport Ministry via seven series of e-bidding - five in Kuala Lumpur, and one each in Putrajaya and Kedah.

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