Did Transport Minister Anthony Loke just announce a 50% discount for senior citizens renewing their driving license?!
Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!
Claim : Senior Citizens Get 50% Discount On Driving License!
People are sharing a WhatsApp message which claims that Malaysia Transport Minister Anthony just announced a 50% discount for senior citizens who renew their driving license.
Truth : Senior Citizens Do Not Get 50% Discount On Driving License!
This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS circulating on WhatsApp and social media platforms, and here are the reasons why…
Fact #1 : No Recent Announcement On Driving License
When I first received this viral message, I checked online to see if Transport Minister Anthony Loke, or the Road Transport Department (JPJ), announced anything new on driving licenses in Malaysia, or its renewal.
However, there has been no recent announcement on the Malaysian driving license, or its renewal. The viral message also did not provide any evidence to back up its claim.
As far as I can tell – there is no such thing as a 50% discount for senior citizens renewing their driving licenses, or a renew for 5 years and get 10 years promotion on driving license renewal for senior citizens.
Fact #2 : JPJ Charging Same Prices For Senior Citizens
A check of the JPJ page on driving license fees in Malaysia showed that their prices applied across the board, with no special discount for senior citizens :
|LICENSE TYPE||CHARGES (RM)||DURATION|
|LEARNER DRIVING LICENSE (LDL)|
|A Class||2.00||3/6 months|
|B2 Class (sole)||2.00/4.00||3/6 months|
|B/C Class||20.00/40.00||3/6 months|
|D Class and others||30.00/60.00||3/6 months|
|PROVISIONAL DRIVING LICENSE (PDL)|
|A/A1 Class||2.00||2 years|
|B2 (sole) Class||2.00||2 years|
|B/C Class||40.00||2 years|
|D/E/F/G/H/I Class||60.00||2 years|
|LESEN MEMANDU KOMPETEN (CDL)|
|A/A1 Class||2.00||1 year|
|B2 (sole) /B/C Class||20.00||1 year|
|D/E/F/G/H/I Class||30.00||1 year|
|VOCATIONAL DRIVING LICENSE|
|Goods Driving License (GDL) / Public Vehicle License (PSV) or CON||20.00||1 year|
|International Driving Permit (IDP)||150.00||1 year|
|Copy of Driving License||20.00||–|
|Application for Driving License Information||10.00||–|
|Amending Driving License Information||10.00||–|
|Adding Class to Driving License||5.00||–|
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Fact #3 : 10% Discount Applies To 10 Year Renewal For All
On 3 May 2023, the Transport Minister announced an extension of the license validity period. Starting from 8 May 2023 onwards, all drivers in Malaysia will be allowed to renew their driving licences for a maximum period of 10 years.
On top of that, those who renew their driving licenses for 10 years would receive a 10% discount!
On 8 May 2023, Anthony Loke confirmed the 10% discount for people renewing for the full 10 years.
At that time, he also said that the Road Transport Department (JPJ) will still take action, including revoking or suspending the driving licence, against people who commit traffic offences.
Fact #4 : One Year Limit For Expired Driving License
The viral message is correct about one thing though – there is a one year limit for people with expired licenses.
As Anthony Loke pointed out in May 2023, those who want to renew their driving license in Malaysia, must ensure that it has not expired for more than a year:
But here’s some good news – there is an amnesty for motorists whose driving licenses have expired for more than a year – you have until 31 December 2023 to renew your expired driving licenses without penalty.
This initiative only applies to Malaysian citizens, and not to foreigners holding special passes like the MyKAS card. In addition, only those who have not been blacklisted by the police, or have any existing restrictions imposed by JPJ, and are free from any suspension due to a conviction or court order may renew their expired driving license.
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