To control the entry of foreign vehicles into Brunei Darussalam during the pandemic, the Ministry of Transport and Infocommunication (MTIC) through the Land Transport Department (JPD) in collaboration with the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), Royal Customs and Excise Department (RCED), Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) and Immigration and National Registration Department (INRD) and under advise and instructions from the Ministry of Health (MoH), will implement the use of foreign vehicle pass stickers.
Minister of Transport and Infocommunications Dato Seri Setia Awang Abdul Mutalib bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Yusof announced this at a press conference at the MoH’s Al-‘Afiah Hall yesterday.
The minister said foreign vehicle pass stickers will help identify foreign vehicles permitted by the RCED to reside in the country and foreign vehicles entering the country for the transportation of agriculture, agrifood and fisheries with permission from the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism (MPRT).
Vehicles permitted by the RCED to stay in the country will be issued a visitors vehicle pass, while commercial vehicles permitted by MPRT will be issued a commercial vehicle pass.
The use of vehicle pass stickers will be enforced starting today with a two-week grace period.
Application of the vehicle pass stickers can be made online using the Transport.BN mobile app for Android while the app for iOS users will be made available soon.
Application can also be done through JPD website at www.jpd.gov.bn. The application process will take three days with a BND30 fee per vehicle for the period of three months. Collection of the pass is at designated counters at the Driving Test Circuit, JPD Sungai Akar.
MTIC will take action on vehicles violating regulations. The minister added that it is an offence under the Infectious Diseases Act (Chapter 204). Forgery of the passes or parts of them is an offence under the Penal Code Chapter 22.
Complaints about foreign vehicles without the passes or them making a stop while in the country can be made at RBPF emergency line 993.
Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar said violators if found guilty, are liable to a compound fine up to BND5,000 or can be prosecuted in court that carries a penalty fine up to BND10,000 or up to six months’ imprisonment or both.