The recent move by the Road Transport Department (JPJ) to reduce road tax may seem thoughtful of the government given that they have already charged you an arm and a leg for higher fuel prices and the never-ending toll rate hikes.
However if you study the mechanism by which motorists have to claim a refund for road tax, you cannot help but think, 'There should be a more efficient way to operate a refund scheme'.
Maybe the JPJ is really overstaffed and the authorities need to record on the time sheet all the unnecessary work that this refund exercise will create.
If we estimate that 80 percent of all cars are below 1,200cc and these motorists will only receive a refund of RM10 to RM25, it looks that this exercise will only create big jams at JPJ offices.
I would suggest that the JPJ provide the option that a refund is optional for cars below 1,200cc and the extra amount already paid will be credited to next year's road tax automatically for all those who do not apply for the refund.
It is patently stupid to drive 10km to the JPJ office, pay RM3 in tolls and queue up for two hours to claim RM10.
I wonder if JPJ stands for Just Playing Jokes.