Transport Minister Datuk Lee Kim Shin (left) and State JPJ director Mohd Syafiq Anas Abdullah (second left) conversing with a patron during his visit to the State JPJ headquarters in Kuching. Photo: Mohd Alif Noni

KUCHING: Cash payments at Road Transport Department (JPJ) offices statewide will now be permitted from 8am to 1pm, says Transport Minister Datuk Lee Kim Shin.

He said the decision was made due to the high amount of people using cash payments at JPJ offices, which was only allowed until 11am previously.

“The furthest we can allow is until 1pm. This is because all of the cash received would have to be transported to the banks which are only allowed to operate until 2pm.

“This is one of the problems faced by JPJ. However, e-payments can still be made until 4pm,” he clarified.

The change was revealed by Lee at a press conference after visiting the JPJ complex here yesterday.

On the issue of road tax renewal, he said there had been a misunderstanding, that those who had not renewed their road tax would not be able to claim their insurance in the event of an accident.

“The most important thing is that the insurance has been renewed regardless of the renewal of their driving license or road tax.

“There are people who told me that if their road tax is not renewed, they cannot claim their insurance. This is not true,” he said.

During the press conference, Lee also revealed that the resumption of driving institutions in the state was in the works.

“We are looking into allowing driving instructors to resume their operations after Hari Raya if possible.

“They had also previously stated their appeal to be allowed to operate. We hope that this would be further considered by the related agencies,” he said.