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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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Malaysia_Traffic_Signs_Stop_Children_CrossingStop, Children CrossingMalaysia_Traffic_Signs_Give_way_yieldGive way/YieldMalaysia_Traffic_Signs_No_overtakingNo OvertakingMalaysia_Traffic_Signs_Speed_LimitSpeed Limit

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 QEEQ' 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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P.van Mastrigt

May 11, 2022

Destination: Langkawi

9.7Very Smooth indeed

Car fine for the job. Wiper blades were replaced quickly on request - thank you

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W.Yan

May 10, 2022

Destination: Langkawi

10Excellent

They gave us Estima, which was clean and big enough for 5 of us with luggages.

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April 29, 2022

Destination: Kuala Lumpur

4.7Average

We got a Nissan 5-seats X-trial instead of the Honda CRV 7seats we ordered. The car seats are full of stains, especially the back row, don't even feel comfortable placing our personal belongings on it. Fortunately, no one needs to seat in the back row. The customer service was better than expected after reading many negative comments about them online. No proper instructions on drop-off point, the staff said to search KLIA airport blok D in google maps but it cannot be located!

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S.Demidenko

April 28, 2022

Destination: Langkawi

9.7Excellent car rental option on Langkawi

This is a great car rental company at Langkawi. I will use it again in the future.

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B-O-C-H

April 25, 2022

Destination: Penang

10Best smooth clean

Best car rental in Penang island . Friendly staff . Easy process for pickup and return .

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April 8, 2022

Destination: Langkawi

7.3Affordable and Average Condition

The car is average condition. The reverse sensor is broken so we have to be aware and drive carefully. Quite an old car but functions well with good spacious boot can fit our small size cabin luggage's and 4 adults. During pickup the provider is a bit late and we couldn't find exactly the meeting point due to many rental cars company also waiting. However easy to deal with the staff. Don't forget to pay parking during working hours to avoid summons ticket.

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K.Toh

February 24, 2022

Destination: Johor Bahru

10Excellent

Good and clean

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H.Zeitoun

February 24, 2022

Destination: Langkawi

10more than happy

Great Experience

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December 26, 2021

Destination: Langkawi

9Convenient.

The whole process was smooth and fast. pick up and drop off was easy and fast.

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Nadot Gadot

December 8, 2021

Destination: Kuala Lumpur

9.7Nice car!

The car is the cheapest one I could find. The condition is not 5 stars but very well for +/- 100km journey. The aircond condition is very good. I suppose the car is less than 4 years, looking at reg number. Paradise already prepared parkg spot for drop off. Very easy

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A.Hamid

November 23, 2021

Destination: Penang

8.3Not good car - Perodua Aruz

was booking a Honda BRV. but got the flat. They have asked me to change to slightly newer and bigger car, Perodua Aruz. Since I was in rush, I just say yes. Though it is newer and bigger, but the car is really not good overall. And I believe BRV is totally in higher price range compared to Aruz. And of course, due to rushing to take the Aruz, the car is not clean at all.

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L.Wai Cheong

November 21, 2021

Destination: Kota Kinabalu

9.7The app is very friendly to use ..will definitely use it frequently

Staff was helpful..but need to wait about 25 min to get car

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FMN

November 12, 2021

Destination: Langkawi

8.3Very Good

All good. Btr have a counter at the airport

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M.Tan

November 3, 2021

Destination: Langkawi

10Excellent

Excellent service and vehicle provided.

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November 3, 2021

Destination: Kuala Lumpur

8.3Good rental experience

Everything is good except that they do not have a counter at KLIA2, so a bit time-consuming to fetch the car and return it to KLIA terminal for passengers who arrives at KLIA2 Terminal.

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L.Wai Cheong

November 1, 2021

Destination: Langkawi

10Best Car Rental Website than many...Friendly and straight to the point..no additional hidden cost.

Good Service , easy to contact

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KRISTIN YIAN JU VOON

April 23, 2021

Destination: Kuala Lumpur

10A nice experience to rent the car. Friendly staff when doing the pickup service.

Thanks for upgrading the car to bezza. Good service provided by the company.

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S.Sim

April 13, 2021

Destination: Kuala Lumpur

8Service is good, car need to repair

Car condition - need service as weird sound coming out from front brake and suspension.

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Sritharan.V.

December 24, 2020

Destination: Langkawi

7.7Good service.

Overall very good experience.

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K.Sokiman

December 17, 2020

Destination: Langkawi

8Very Good

Excellent

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D.Kundu

December 8, 2020

Destination: Kuala Lumpur

10Excellent

Good quality of cars..

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D.Kundu

December 8, 2020

Destination: Kuala Lumpur

10Excellent

Good experience..looking forward to hire from here again..

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L.Lean Pong

September 14, 2020

Destination: Kuala Lumpur

7.7Very satisfying and good value for money.

Attending staff is courteous and helpful. Car's interior could be improved with vacuum and cleaning prior to customer's collection.

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S.Liem

August 26, 2020

Destination: Langkawi

7Overall experience is good but rental company response need to improve

Thanks to upgrade our car to innova. A little disappointment is The final day we chose to early drop off but waiting Sea Safari representative for more than half an hr to return car.

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A.rhett

August 26, 2020

Destination: Kuala Lumpur

10lovely and will rent again soon

yes we got a very clean and new car which made the trip very smooth.

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AC

August 17, 2020

Destination: Kuala Lumpur

6.3Renting platform QEEQ is good, but the actual car agent Paradise could have done much better.

Me and my friends reach at exactly 8am as requested, but there was no car ready for us. The counter personnel informed us that the car have a flat tyre, so we needed to wait until 9am for the car tyre shop to open. Then all the counter staff left and there was nobody there. This was totally unacceptable for us to be waiting for an hour for the car repair so we called their customer support to complain. By right they should have checked the car thoroughly the day before. After discussing, they agreed to send a another car, but it will only arrive at 8.45am. In the end we got an older model of Saga than the promised Bezza new variant, and it's engine was underpowered.

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E.Anak Roschan

August 13, 2020

Destination: Kuala Lumpur

10excellent

thank you

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August 9, 2020

Destination: Kota Kinabalu

7.7Average

Average

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T.Leong

August 9, 2020

Destination: Langkawi

6Average

Average

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T.LEONG

August 9, 2020

Destination: Johor Bahru

6Average

Average

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Mike

August 4, 2020

Destination: Kuala Lumpur

9The staff is friendly and the car condition can be better.

The vehicle need proper service and checking to make sure it under good condition before rent out as good condition vehicle is more secure for the user.

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KH

August 4, 2020

Destination: Langkawi

10Excellent

Overall is good and Mr Bob is helpful

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H.Lim

August 3, 2020

Destination: Johor Bahru

6Average

1. No body attend the counter when arrived. 3 contact phones displayed on counter but hard to get through. Waited more than 30 mins for 1 attendant to show up and serve 2. Car key with low battery. Should ensure good condition before handed over to customer. This created few inconveniences ( eg need to press multiple times for a possible car being locked) during the trip.

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Jk

August 2, 2020

Destination: Langkawi

10Easy and simple

Punctual and car condition is good

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N.Monir

June 17, 2020

Destination: Kuala Lumpur

10Excellent

Thank you

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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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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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