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Driving license & road tax renewal deadline extended again!

to 31 December 2021

(But insurance must be renewed!)

3 September 2021

Glad to see the deadline has been changed from 30 September 2021 to 31 December 2021, since cases are still really high and rushing to renew our licenses should not be encouraged. 

This was announced by our new-ish Transport Minister, Datuk Dr. Wee Ka Siong today.

That being said, those who wish to renew their driving license or road tax, the Road Transport Department (JPJ) service counters will be open at 100% capacity from 6 September 2021 for walk-ins. 

Do note that they will stop the online appointment system. Bummer...​

Try MYEG, JomParking, or FatBerry instead?

also remember to

Have a copy of your insurance cover note or e-cover note​ for inspection purposes. Later kelam-kabut during police roadblock.

Let us know what you think or if you have any comments at

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Relaxed SOP if you are fully vaccinated

and criteria for phases

(Psst. Make sure you are fully vaccinated first!)

UPDATED 8 September 2021

As we bid our thanks and farewell to our Prime Minister and ministers, they left us with a small parting gift! 

Looks like those who have been fully vaccinated can start driving around for certain activities! But who is considered fully vaccinated?

who is fully vaccinated?

Here's how to know whether you are considered as fully vaccinated:


For Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Sinovac receivers,

Received 2nd dose +

14 days

For Johnson & Johnson and Cansino receivers,

Received 1 dose +

28 days


ok I'm fully vaccinated, so what now?

Now you can cross states but ONLY TO:


visit your child below 18 years old


visit your spouse


Things You Need for Polis Diraja Malaysia (PDRM) to get a permission letter:

  • Husband's and wife's IC

  • Marriage certificate (spouse)

  • Birth certificate (child) + school letter

  • Digital COVID-19 vaccination certificate

  • Proof of address/employment document

You can also carry out prayers at your respective religious venues.

ok what else? can I go out now?

Yes! And there's no more 10km rule!


phase 1

drivers can finally:



Parents can bring in kids 17 years old and below

Dine-in in club houses are allowed too

Watch a movie

Get your car washed

Buy a new car

Buy car accessories

You can also go out and:

Buy electrical goods, housing and kitchen equipment and new furnitures

Buy sports equipment, clothing and fashion accessories, jewellery and drop by your favourite morning, farmers and night markets

We know you definitely need one



 from 6am to 10pm

non-group activities such as jogging, cycling,

taichi, skateboarding, fishing, hiking,

tennis and badminton singles,  golf, motor sports etc.

only at outdoor or partial outdoor areas

with 60% capacity of the sports facility


This includes camping and picnics with your family!



On top of Phase 1 policies, for states that have moved to

phase 2


you can also:


Go for a staycation/holiday

includes homestay or hotels


Buy antiques or used goods, toys/games and gifts/handicraft

Buy photography equipment and services and creative products and services

Buy plants, carpets and outdoor equipment


Buy cosmetic, skin care and perfume/cologne

Buy cigarettes and vape


when do these start?

These new policies start from Friday, 10 September 2021. But wait... is your state in Phase 1, 2 or 3?

At the time of writing, here are the standings of each state:


Phase 1


Phase 2

Klang Valley


Pulau Pinang







Phase 3

Negeri Sembilan



Phase 4



So how do move to a new phase?

Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz announced on 7 August 2021 that the National Security Council (NSC) and National Recovery Council (NRC) have decided to revise the criteria for each phase.

The new indicators will only be effective once Phase 1 states achieve at least 50% full vaccination of the adult population.

(Klang Valley stood at 97.8% as at 7 September 2021)



New main indicators:

(which focus on the cases in Categories 3, 4 and 5)

To move to Phase 2

daily hospitalisation with symptoms @ 2,000 +
cases with symptoms @ 6.1 cases/100,000 people

(Note: Klang Valley has an estimate of 8 million people.)

To move to Phase 3


3.0 cases/100,000 people

To move to Phase 4


1.3 cases/100,000 people


He added that there are other indicators as well that will be taken into consideration such as Intensive Care Unit (ICU) capacity.

(Selangor @ 94% and KL @ 68% utilisation rate as at 7 September 2021)

so let's go get that haircut, shall we?

Let us know what you think or if you have any comments at

Relaxed SOP
Carching News Infographics Extended FMCO

Phase 1 of FMCO 3.0 extended!

with RM150 billion PEMULIH package

(better than Shopee or Lazada delivery)

28 June 2021

More than 5,000 cases daily

(Target Phase 2: <4,000)

Just passed 6% full vaccination

(Target Phase 2: 10%)

ICU above 90% being utilised

(Target Phase 2: Moderate utilisation)

Where are all these cases coming from? No surprise here, everyone knew Phase 1 of FMCO 3.0 will be extended. The question is not how long more to reach Phase 2, but how long more can the rakyat tahan?


To answer that question, today the government just announced a new aid package for the country. Of course with a new  fancy name... dah lah we have so many names to remember, PRIHATIN-lah, PERMAI-lah, PEMERKASA-lah, PENING-lah, now we have...


So let's talk about what this package means for car owners like yourself.

Carching News Infographics Extended FMCO

The government has allocated RM150 billion for PEMULIH package which includes:

loan moratorium

This is a big change from PEMERKASA+ and it has been one of the many things the public has been asking for. You now can apply for a moratorium for your car loan or hire purchase for up to 6 months, with no specific requirements and regardless of income group (B40, M40 and T20). This includes micro businesses too!

All you have to do is to apply with your bank from 7 July 2021 onwards and you have to agree with their new terms, if any. Time to shop during 7.7 Shopee sale!

Note: Please read and ask the difference in the terms before signing.   

fixed fuel prices

Government will use RM 6 billion to subsidise RON 95, diesel and LPG prices to keep their prices fixed, although we do not know how long this will last. 

You should expect your petrol and diesel prices maintain at:

RON 95 : RM2.05/liter
Diesel : RM2.15/liter

However, no subsidy and price control were announced for the other petrol types.

So that's all that are relevant to you drivers. Let us know what you think at or if you have any comments. 

For more info on restrictions and PEMERKASA+, read this article.

FMCO 3.0 extended!

If you have a car, here’s what you need to know.

(psst... Pls don’t simply buy more toilet rolls)

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12 June 2021

Oh no…another extra 2 weeks of FMCO, still feeling lost like the rest of us? 

From the u-turns on Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and many types of government assistance roll-out e.g. the latest one being the PEMERKASA+ aid package, we’re sure it's been very confusing with all these MCO, FMCO, CMCO, RMCO, EMCO, MILO…

But don’t worry, we’ve got the TL;DR version here just for you and what it means for car owners.

anything new? can we go out now?

Uh, no. Cases are still high and not enough vaccines yet. Just like MCO 1.0, you are only allowed to travel within a 10 km radius from your home but hey, at least this time 2 people from each house will be allowed to go out to buy essentials¹!

But if can, 1 person go out enough lah. Our frontliners have sacrificed so much over the past 1.5 years, the least we can do now is work together to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

For FMCO 3.0, stricter travel restrictions have been put in place to curb the spread of COVID-19

Of course, you still cannot travel to different states unless you have a police letter...and everyone should continue to work from home (WFH) unless if you are in an essential business or working at Louis Vuitton (online store only). Even then, please remember to always have your letters ready.

By the way, if you are not in an essential business and your boss still asks you to go to office, you can actually report to the government. Click here to learn more about the new feature on Working for Workers

As for Grab and other e-hailing services, you can only take it alone. Make sure you are seated behind, masked up and always scan the MySejahtera app¹. Meanwhile, other forms of public transport can continue to operate but only at 50% capacity¹ - if possible, avoid the LRT for now lah.

what if got emergency leh? 

Don’t worry! In cases of emergencies, up to 3 people will be allowed in a single vehicle¹.

Now that you know the travel restrictions...

what is this PEMERKASA+? 

Well, let us explain. 


In line with FMCO 3.0, the Malaysian government introduced the RM40 billion PEMERKASA+ aid package to increase public healthcare capacity, carry out welfare programmes, and support business continuity², which includes cars! 

The PEMERKASA+ aid package for the rakyat

relating to cars during FMCO 3.0

If you have a car loan, you can get a 3-month moratorium (which means pushing back your monthly instalments by 3 months) or to reduce your monthly instalments by up to 50% for 6 months from 1 June 2021 onwards³. For more information on the moratorium, check out the articles below:


What to know about the moratorium by iMoney

List of banks and their Repayment Assistance packages by BNM

Financing repayment assistance for eligible M40 and T20 groups by AIBIM


If you are a bus or taxi operator, even better! You are eligible for the loan moratorium of up to 12 months and an extended loan tenure of up to 36 months⁴.


And if you’re thinking of buying a new car, make sure you buy a locally-assembled (CKD) one. Why? There’s more value! You don't have to pay any sales tax. For fully-imported (CBU) cars, sales tax is reduced by 50%⁵. Yep, this exemption has been extended until 31 December 2021. Not to mention, taxi and e-hailing drivers are also eligible for a RM500 one-off cash aid⁴.


To learn more about the full package, check out Tengku Dato’ Sri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz’s, our Finance Minister, Facebook page here


And there you have it – everything you need to know as a car owner during FMCO 3.0. What would you like us to write about next? Make sure to email us your suggestions at!

so what is carching?

Well, we’re a bunch of drivers like you that want to make the driving experience just a liiiiittle bit more fun. With carching, you will be able to connect with other drivers and be rewarded for simply moving around, living your life!


We know what you’re thinking and NO, we’re not another ride-sharing or delivery company!

The best part? You don't have to change your lifestyle - infact, we’re here to improve it!


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