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Here Are 4 Changes That Could Affect Your Transport And Travel Plans For 2019!

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It seems like we just started the new year yesterday, and now we’re already halfway through January! Since ringing in the new year, you might’ve missed some new implementations on travel and transport in Malaysia. But there’s no need to panic, cause we’re here to get you up to speed! Ready?

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1. PETROL PRICES HAVE DROPPED… FOR NOW…

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We’re back to the float system for fuel prices, under the Automatic Pricing Mechanism (APM) formula. So far, the government has been making announcements on fuel prices every Friday.

On January 4th, the price dropped significantly by 27 cents per litre for both RON 97, and RON 95, while diesel dropped by 14 cents. Then, on January 11th, the government announced a further drop for RON 97 and RON 95, both down by 1 cent per litre to RM 2.22 and RM 1.92 respectively. But diesel went up 1 cent, to RM2.05.

So, overall, we’re still paying less for fuel than we were back in December. Though, with the new float system, we can expect prices to go up on certain weeks. But Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng assured that:

“When global prices go up, the retail price for RON95 and diesel will not be higher than RM2.20 a litre and RM2.18 a litre respectively to protect consumers from the increased prices.”

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2. BIDDING FOR SPECIAL CAR NUMBER PLATES HAS MOVED ONLINE

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Getting that cool number plate for your car has now gotten WAY easier! The Road Transport Department (JPJ) has set up an electronic bidding site for new and up-coming-number plates, for all states.

Transport Minister Anthony Loke says vehicle numbers will be allocated through the normal process without incurring additional cost, and this would also mean that NGOs will be unable to sell special car number plates.

We wish you the best of luck at the auction site! We’ve got our fingers crossed that they’d eventually offer ‘specific’ car number plates like 2COOL4SKOOL, hopefully in the near future!

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3. SEVEN UTCs NATIONWIDE HAVE SPECIAL OPERATION HOURS

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The Finance Ministry has done a U-turn, on its decision to change operational timing for Urban Transformation Centres nationwide. Initially, it said UTCs would close at 7pm, 3 hours earlier than its usual timing. However, due to suggestions by the public, 7 UTCs will revert to their original timing of ending at 10pm.

We’ve provided a timetable for the UTCs affected by the change for you below, cause we’re just awesome like that.

Take note of the time change before visiting any UTCs near you!

4. MALAYSIANS ARE LOVING THE MY100 PASS 

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Are you one of the thousands in the Klang Valley who signed up for the MY100 Pass?

Transport Minister Anthony Loke says 34,472 people subscribed to the public transport pass in December when it was first introduced. Then in the first 7 days of January, another 30,635 people started subscribing!

Just to recap, the MY100 pass is valid on all RapidKL lines of rail and road transport, including MRT, LRT, monorail, BRT Sunway, RapidKL buses and MRT feeder buses. There’s also a MY50 pass that offers unlimited rides on all RapidKL and MRT feeder buses, excluding BRT… and there are already plans for Penang to introduce this.

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What else are you looking forward to this year?

By Dzamira Dzafri

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