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The Complete Malaysia Driving and Rental Guide

High-quality roads and relatively cheap fuel price make Malaysia a pleasant country for a road trip. Travelling around Malaysia is facilitated by the fact that English is widely used in important public places, such as tourist attractions, airports, railway stations and immigration checkpoints. Here is a brief driving guide aiming at easing your mind when planning a trip to Malaysia.

  • Speed Limit and Traffic Signs
  • Seatbelt and Child Safety
  • Parking, Fuel and Toll
  • Traffic Violation
  • Driving Licence and Age Requirements

Speed Limit and Traffic Signs

Driving in Malaysia is on the left, as road and cars follow the British system. Highways or expressways feature frequent resting areas with gas stations and restaurants. Driving in the country’s largest cities such as Kuala Lumpur can sometimes be challenging due to the dense traffic and one-way roads.

Speed Limit

There are speed limits of 110 km/h on expressways, 90 km/h on state and federal roads and 60 km/h in town areas.

Traffic Signs

There are three major types of traffic signs in Malaysia: warning, regulatory and information signs. 


Warning signs are diamond-shaped and feature yellow and black colours, with a few exceptions. 

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Malaysian regulatory signs are usually circular with a white background, a red border, and black pictograms, and are sometimes written in Malay.

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Malaysian information signs feature a square shape with various colour backgrounds.

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You may refer to this comprehensive road signs of Malaysia.

*Please be aware that rules are subject to change. QEEQ.com will try the best to maintain the accuracy of this information.

Seatbelt and Child Safety

Seatbelt Laws

The driver and passengers sitting in the front or rear are required by law to wear a seatbelt.

Booster Seat Laws

All children must wear a seat belt when travelling in Malaysia and it is against the law for a child under 4 years of age to sit in the front seat. At present, children are not required by law to be seated in a child car seat. However, this is is expected to be compulsory by 2019.

*Please be aware that rules are subject to change. QEEQ.com will try the best to maintain the accuracy of this information.

Parking, Fuel and Toll

Parking

Parking areas are designated zones in Malaysia. Some parking areas are municipal and others are private. It is advisable to check with your hotel to see if there is a secure parking space in cities like Kuala Lumpur.


· Forbidden Parking


You cannot park your car in the following spaces. Failure to do so may result in a fine: 


- Specified by a ‘No-Parking’ sign with a red border, blue background and a red diagonal line, indicating this is a strict no parking area

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- With Single and double yellow lines at the side of the road.


- On areas that are tow-away and clamping zones.

Malaysia No Parking Tow Zone(Image from veelzijdigmaleisie.nl)


· Paid Parking


Municipal parkings use metres and which need to be paid with coins. Coins accepted by parking metreers are 10 cents, 20 cents and 50 cents. Some municipal car parks do not have parking metres but collect the fee manually.

Malaysia Parking Metre(Image from media.themalaymailonline.com)

Fuel Prices

The average price for Malaysia gasoline during August to November 2017 is of 2.2 Malaysian Riggit per litre, while diesel average price is at 2.35.

Toll

Malay has abandoned cash as payment for tolls in expressways since the 14th of August 2017, and utilized Electronic Toll Collection(ETC). Touch 'n Go is the most used electronic payment options. You can purchase the Touch 'n Go Card at relevant hubs, selected petrol stations, selected PETRONAS Stations, LRT Stations and third party agents. Alternatively, you can buy one form the Touch 'n Go Sales Counters located at highways such as PLUS, ELITE, Ampang KL Elevated Highway, Penang Bridge, Besraya, SILK, Linkedua, New Pantai Expressway, Metramac and Shapadu.

Malaysia Touch 'n Go Card(Image from comparehero.my)

*Please be aware that rules are subject to change. QEEQ.com will try the best to maintain the accuracy of this information.

Traffic Violation

DUI Laws

A driver is considered to be driving under the influence of alcohol in Malaysia if the blood alcohol level is equal to or over 0.8 grams per litre (g/l). The penalty for the offender is a fine, a court case, or sentencing with a fine and imprisonment of three months to a year depending on the severity of the offence.

Traffic Fines

Incorrect parking or speeding in Malaysia frequently result in a fine.


The speed penalties are given according to the difference of the driven speed and the enforced speed limit. Speed limit excess from 1 to 25 km/h will result in an RM80 fine, whereas an excess from 26 to 40 km/h will lead to an RM150 fine and an excess over 40 km/h will trigger an RM300 fine. 


To avoid parking fine, always look for parking metres when you have found a parking spot. Fines for failing to display a ticket in a regulated parking bay or car park are issued and collected by the Municipal Council or company responsible for the parking facility. Note that your parking or speeding fines will be collected by the car hire company and debited from your credit card if you fail to pay one. You are always welcomed to contact EasyRentCars' 24/7 customer service for help in if you have any questions concerning this matter. 

*Please be aware that rules are subject to change. QEEQ.com will try the best to maintain the accuracy of this information.

Driving Licence and Age Requirements

Foreigners on short term visit may rent a car and drive with a valid foreign driving licence in Malaysia. The licence should be a full driving licence held for at least 2 years with no major endorsement. 


The minimum driving age in Malaysia is 21 years, but driving age may vary by car category. Each car hire company has its own age requirements. 

*Please be aware that rules are subject to change. QEEQ.com will try the best to maintain the accuracy of this information.

Guest reviews

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Wahseem Soobratty

April 24, 2020

Destination: Kuala Lumpur

10Great

Great

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Sheng

April 24, 2020

Destination: Kuala Lumpur

8ホンダだった。

まあまあ良かった。

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March 28, 2020

Destination: Kuala Lumpur

8.7Smooth city drive

Car was in good condition. However, counter staff service could have been better.

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C.LIEW

March 24, 2020

Destination: Kota Kinabalu

9.3Wonderful

The car I received was two months old and was in its great condition. The only setback is the car being under power but that is not the primary concern. The service crews were excellent and they are following throught our journey to ensure we are safe and sounded.

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Mr. Ho

March 19, 2020

Destination: Langkawi

7.3Not bad. But there are more room for improvement.

On general everything was alright. But the car fuel wasn't pump full as stated in the agreement. End up we need to find a nearest petrol station to for refueling.

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Ng

March 19, 2020

Destination: Penang

10Smooth and happy renting if you chose the right vendor

Good communication, clean and relatively low mileage car, recommended.

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R.Lewis

March 17, 2020

Destination: Kota Kinabalu

7.7Good value but very difficult in finding the agent at the airport to get the car.

It was very difficult to get this car rented as I walked around the airport and did not see a counter for them. Luckily I went to the tourist info center and they called and I found the agent. Again very time consuming and difficult to get someone. Upon returning the car, I called in advance and had to wait for someone to arrive at curbside of the arrival area.

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K.Lee

March 15, 2020

Destination: Kuala Lumpur

10Excellent car condition and friendly staff

Can’t be easier to rent a car. Very efficient and fast processing. Car returning is just so easy, just park the car, return the key and ready to go.

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March 13, 2020

Destination: Langkawi

9Relaxing & Nature experience

Easy to find staff upon arrival and smooth process.

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N.ABDUL AZIZ

March 11, 2020

Destination: Petaling Jaya

5Average

i would NOT recommend them

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H.CHAN

March 11, 2020

Destination: Kuala Lumpur

7.3excellent

good

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T.Boon hoong

March 10, 2020

Destination: Langkawi

9.7Overall satisfy the service , just the price slighly highest due to Public Holiday .

Friendy staff customer service . Explanation clear .

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S.Ashuor

March 8, 2020

Destination: Langkawi

7.7It was good in general

The only problem it was about the car it’s got a lot of Scratches and the car clearly had an accident before and the engine was not good enough especially when going up to the heights road, except that the employee of the company was very good and the procedures were easy and simple.

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March 8, 2020

Destination: Kuala Lumpur

7Dirty car interior

Found car interior to be very dirty this time around - doors, mats and flooring. Company didn’t seem to have cleaned it after the previous renter. Small cockroaches came crawling out on second day.

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T.MIYAMOTO

March 8, 2020

Destination: Kuala Lumpur

10いい思い出

始めは心配で、結局は最高です。

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A.Chia

March 4, 2020

Destination: Tawau

6.7Nothing all good

Good customer service.

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A.Chia

March 3, 2020

Destination: Sandakan

10Nice car probably the best thus far of all car rental companies I've tried.

All good and wonderful

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Hana Hussain

March 2, 2020

Destination: Langkawi

10Easy, Hassle Free, Value for Money

No comment... All was good n perfect...

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K.Lee

March 2, 2020

Destination: Kuala Lumpur

10A great experience with Galaxy Asia and their car Proton Exora.

Staff are friendly and professional. The model that I rent is Proton Exora. I don't have any expectation on the Malaysian basic 7-seater car. However, it's over my expectation. The car condition is great, it's clean and pretty new. When I loaded all luggage and passenger, this small engine 7-seater still capable to handle it well. I shall definitely use Galaxy asia service again.

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Imelda

February 26, 2020

Destination: Johor Bahru

10No fuss car rental service. Excellent.

The whole experience is great. We paid rm280 for 4 days, which is a real bargain. The car is clean and the engine is smooth. The personnel at the counter was very helpful. Overall, we give it 5 star.

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I.DAUD

February 26, 2020

Destination: Johor Bahru

7.3Good for business traveler

Suria don’t have counter at Senai Airport. Credit card machine didn’t function. Very old.

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A.Salleh

February 25, 2020

Destination: Kuala Lumpur

10Excellent

Good service,

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Mohd Hilmi

February 25, 2020

Destination: Penang

9.7Will be back.

Almost perfect. Refuelling panel door was stuck. That was the only glitch.

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Y.Inoue

February 24, 2020

Destination: Kuala Lumpur

10Great

早い対応でした

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February 22, 2020

Destination: Kuala Lumpur

9.3Absolutely worth it

Friendly staff

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Ai Lee

February 20, 2020

Destination: Penang

8Satified with the rental

So far everything is smooth and the process is simple.

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L.Chan

February 20, 2020

Destination: Kota Kinabalu

10Simple, straightforward process

Staff was helpful to go through the car prior to the collection

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February 19, 2020

Destination: Kota Kinabalu

9.7Excellent

On time and good service

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MKOH

February 16, 2020

Destination: Kuala Lumpur

9Affordable and good experience

We collected the car during midnight, there is only one person working. Thus make the process slower.

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J.Zubrickas

February 16, 2020

Destination: Kuala Lumpur

9Good service, just hard to find in KLIA

Difficult to find the rental car pick up location. No signs in airport. We walked around for 20 to 30 minutes before we found someone who knew where to direct us.

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J.Xu

February 15, 2020

Destination: Kuala Lumpur

8.7Very Good

Vickey Chia is a very nice staff who is very friendly and helpful. She was very patient to answer all my questions. When I didn’t know how to drive to petrol station from airport, she even drove and lead me to the station. I should special thank to her for all support she provided. All the best to Vickey and SURIA.

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T.Chan

February 15, 2020

Destination: Penang

10excellent service

Excellent service from picking up the car and returning the car. It is v easy and convenient. The staff are friendly. Cars are clean.

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February 14, 2020

Destination: Kota Kinabalu

6Average

Waited long for the pick up at airport.

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Dwayne Yeong

February 13, 2020

Destination: Langkawi

9.3Perfect, will continue to use sea safari for my next visit

Good value for money

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K.LIU

February 13, 2020

Destination: Kota Kinabalu

8Very Good

Need to wait extra 30 mins for my car.

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L.Thong

February 13, 2020

Destination: Kota Kinabalu

8Very Good

Ordered 2 cars but just 1 available when I arrive. I need to wait extra 30 mins for the 2 nd one

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N.Md Nasir

February 12, 2020

Destination: Langkawi

10Great and affordable

The car is new and in good conditions. Is just that the key’s battery was low. Hope that they can replace the battery. All in all everything was great

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MKOH

February 11, 2020

Destination: Kuala Lumpur

8.3Easy to book and compare.

The car shown in the platform is Audi A1 or similar but I was given a Honda City. There is no way Honda City is similar to Audi A1. I did asked Paradise, they say they do not have Audi in the car listing and certainly will not put that in platform. I do not know which side has problem. The apps or the car rental company.

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Y

February 11, 2020

Destination: Kota Kinabalu

9Good car

The excess for incident happen if not purchase full insurance is high at RM2500, it’s the highest I know from my experience compare to RM90 plus daily rental

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W.CHAN

February 10, 2020

Destination: Kuala Lumpur

9.7Easyrentcar is good but the local service provider Europcar has lots to be desired

I changed my flight and need to contact Europcar in KLIA to change pick up time. Firstly, the phone numbers listed on Europcar website for the KLIA station is either outdated or outright wrong because when I call many times but no answer. Write to Europcar website with all the booking details Multiple times and I heard nothing back. When I posted my dilemma on Facebook, a friend who was going through KLIA was kind enough to inform Europcar ground staff of my change of pick up time, and she said change is notes and the car will be ready at the new pick up time. When I landed, the car was not ready, and they claim to have no record of the change - I ended up having to wait close to 2.5 hours before the car arrived and I ended up missing a number of appointments.

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February 8, 2020

Destination: Penang

7.3Smooth process, clean and nice car.

A simple average car, but neat and clean. Car is able to start smoothly.

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V.Gupta

February 7, 2020

Destination: Kuala Lumpur

8Very Good

Really helpful, friendly and supportive staff. The car was clean and in well maintained condition.

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February 7, 2020

Destination: Kuala Lumpur

6非常に時間がかかる受付

予約時間にも関わらず車の準備が出来てなかった上にガソリンもないとの事で事務所で1時間近い待ち時間が発生しました。車両コンディションは問題ありませんでした。

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N.Abdul Hamid

February 5, 2020

Destination: Kuala Lumpur

7.7Good

Nil

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M.Yahya

February 4, 2020

Destination: Kuala Lumpur

10Nice n easy

Superb

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H.Tai

February 4, 2020

Destination: Kota Kinabalu

10Excellent

The car condition is perfect,well maintained.

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TYL

February 3, 2020

Destination: Kuala Lumpur

10Renting a car is be economical for traveling long distance

Car was a Altis 2.0 litre which was bigger than the average 1.8 litre capacity.

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CK Ng

February 1, 2020

Destination: Langkawi

9.7Easy to book and good service.

Friendly staff. We booked Proton Saga, they gave Nissan Almera, no extra charge, very good!

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J.Wong

January 31, 2020

Destination: Penang

7.7Good

Quick and easy to pick up and return car, though a local number is necessary to ease this process. Good and clean car condition.

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MICHAEL HONG

January 31, 2020

Destination: Penang

10Fast and smooth car rental process

I hope the key drop service (car return) can be provided in 24/7. It’s to ease the process of returning car at airport

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Frequently asked questions

Q1.What is an insurance excess?

The excess is the amount you'll only be liable for in case of damage(under Collision Damage Waiver) or theft(under Theft Protection) of the vehicle.
Information about the excess will be clearly stated in the price inclusion when you reserve a car on QEEQ.

Q2. How can I add an addtional driver?

You are advised to make a request upon your arrival at the rental counter. Additional charge per day will incur unless '1 Additional Driver Included' is stipulated on the rental.
Please note that the same licence and age requirement applys to the additonal driver. The addtional driver is supposed to present the required licence document along with the main driver at pickup.

Q3.What if I want to pick up or drop off my rental car out of office hours?

QEEQ will show you the car offers available at your chosen time on the search results.
However, pick-up or drop-off out of general opening hours may subject to an extra fee unless self-service pick-up or drop-off is available.
After you reserve a car on QEEQ, we will inform you of specific policy of the car hire company by email.

Q4. Can I take the hired car to another country or cross border?

If you want to pick up your car in one country and drop it in another, your search results will show you cars you can do that with.
If you're planning to cross any borders during your trip, bear in mind:
1. You may have to pay more.
There are often extra fees, taxes or additional cover you'll pay at the car hire counter.
2.It may not be allowed.
Depending on where you're hiring, you may not be able to take your car to another country.
Please email us if you want to take your hire car into a different country during your trip, and we'll talk you through your options.

Q5. Can I pick up my car at one location and return it at different location?

Yes. You can pick up the vehicle in one place and drop it off in another. An ‘one-way fee’ will incur. Whether it is inclued in the rental price or what additional cost may arise will be clearly stated at the time of booking on QEEQ.
Please inform the car hire company of your drop-off location when you pick up the vehicle or contact them directly during your trip. You will find a phone number on the rental agreement you signed at pickup.

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