Online renewal facilities for Belait road users

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

ROAD users in Belait will be able to renew their vehicle road tax and driving licence online by April, according to the director of Land Transport Department (LTD).

Dr Hj Sufry Hj Ladi said the introduction of online counters at LTD Belait — to be tentatively ready by the second week of April — will allow applicants to activate their e-Darussalam account for accessing all government e-services, including vehicle road tax and licence renewal.

The online counters will accept cash payment for online renewal and serve as collection points. Online payments through credit, debit and cash cards are currently undergoing upgrades and will be ready by August.

“We are also looking at a few ways now to discuss with relevant agencies and private sector to ensure seamless application and renewal of vehicle licence from home without having to go to LTD to have their vehicle registration book (blue card) updated,” he said in an interview yesterday.

Booking a vehicle inspection at LTD’s headquarters in Beribi is also being mooted to avoid long waiting queues common at the end of the month.

“At our headquarters, we are reviewing the possibility of introducing vehicle inspection for private vehicles by booking through phone and online,” he said.

In Brunei, private vehicles registered for more than seven years need to be inspected before their licence is renewed.

Meanwhile, the director encouraged the public to consider purchasing a “multi-function car emergency safety” tool which could prove to be a life saver when being trapped in a vehicle.

Available at the department and hardware stores for less than $10, the tool has a knife to cut through a safety belt and a hammer to smash the window glass – if either one is jammed in an emergency or accident.

“Most will have a LED flashlight and a magnet to place on your car roof for visibility,” he added.

The tool was mentioned by the Minister of Communications Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Hamzah Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Abdullah Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Hj Bakar during the 11th Legislative Council (LegCo) session last Saturday, after a LegCo member raised the issue of drivers and passengers being trapped in cars in the event of an accident.

The Brunei Times