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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 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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Hanisah

November 22, 2022

Destination: Langkawi

10Service quality is top notch and rental car condition is great, making this a great experience!

I would like to thank Sherene for the excellent service and fast response.

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November 21, 2022

Destination: Langkawi

7Standard expectation.

Standard expectations. Nothing special w the car. Everything was okay except the weird 6 level petrol tank rule. Full tank was 8 level. Usually rental car will provide you full tank and in return you do the same. I had to calculate and try to figure out how much petrol to put in to get to 6level of petrol. Ended up gifting extra 25%, returned the car w full tank because it just too much work to go figure out. It’s such a silly thing but so inconvenient. Enjoy the charity petrol.

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November 16, 2022

Destination: Langkawi

9.7Excellent

I booked Axia but they offered me Myvi because no more Axia available. The car model is quite old, but air conditioning all functioning well. Car key remote run out of battery I guessed, because I couldn’t use it to open or lock the car door. Everytime I have to use the car key to manually open and lock the door. Other than that, all works well. Staffs are very friendly and easy approaching.

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Kamarul Asra

November 11, 2022

Destination: Langkawi

10Excellent

Good service , easy to understand and smooth transaction. Thanks

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J.Tan

November 10, 2022

Destination: Kuala Lumpur

8.7Amazing

Really smooth transaction. They will pick you up at the arrival point and drive you to the office. Really 5 star service. Staff guides you on the process of returning the car. First ever car rental in kl and had a really wonderful experience with them. Thank you guys

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C.Bernard

October 31, 2022

Destination: Penang

10Simple and swift!

Good that they are in contact with us prior to the trip, it made communications on the actual day easy. Good that everyone can use WhatsApp too.

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C.Bernard

October 31, 2022

Destination: Langkawi

10Simple and swift!

The agent who liaise with us was very friendly. It helps that they contacted us in advance and able to liaise via WhatsApp, so made communications very easy.

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Joydeep Chatterjee

October 29, 2022

Destination: Langkawi

9.7Very good recommended

Car was in good condition AC was a little late in cooling, pickup and drop-off was smooth.

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W.Chong

October 28, 2022

Destination: Langkawi

10Perfect.

Car condition is beyond my expectation with a good service provided by staff. Highly recommend.

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Iqbal Aziz

October 26, 2022

Destination: Langkawi

10Super easy to deal with.

It was superd because no forms no deposit.

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G.Cheong

October 24, 2022

Destination: Penang

8.7Very Good

Not alot of prior details uoon collection of car. Called the customer service but no update or followup, just mentioned another team will manage.

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C.Chia

October 19, 2022

Destination: Kuala Lumpur

10Always will come back to book with them!

Very good service and helpful! Surely one of the best car rental companies in KLIA!

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felix

October 17, 2022

Destination: Kota Kinabalu

8Very Good

did not receive the car as booked due to overbooking for the model, in the end was given a smaller car, but enough to use for my trip.

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A.Koay

October 14, 2022

Destination: Langkawi

10Good and cheap!

Agent was already there when I arrived. Pick-up was smooth.

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M.Safri

October 8, 2022

Destination: Ipoh

9.3Good

Shahrul was helpful n always willing to help

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Sharan

September 28, 2022

Destination: Kuala Lumpur

8.3Very Good

Suria is good but their office is in KLIA Terminal 1, people landing at T2 need to move to T1 for collection. Suria representative will pick up from T1. One clause that i didn't like is the off timing pick up and drop off charges which is bit more.

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G.Paul

September 27, 2022

Destination: Langkawi

9.7Excellent

Sherene was an exceptional communicator. It was seamless pick up and drop off with her communication via whatsapp. I would definitely use them again. Car provided was vey clean inside.

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A.Ahmad Ghazi

September 27, 2022

Destination: Kuala Terengganu

6Booked a MyVi but gotten an Axia (smaller car). Poor service!

I booked a Perodua MyVi but received a smaller car, Perodua Axia! I was not informed of this before arriving and was told to either take it or leave it! Poor service!

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September 27, 2022

Destination: Kota Kinabalu

9.3Very friendly and helpful staff

Absence of physical booth at the airport makes it a little inconvenient as we have to call up hours before returning the rental car to ensure somebody will be at the drop off point to receive us.

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Raiden François Hadi

September 26, 2022

Destination: Langkawi

10Pleasant and definitely a go the next time! Vehicle is clean and good in mechanical and interior.

The service staff was friendly and helpful. Shared with us the important details of the vehicle and offered a ride around the airport for orientation of the vehicle. It was a smooth and pleasant process. Also they operate 24hrs so any issue we can always contact them for support if needed.

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W.Wan

September 22, 2022

Destination: Langkawi

9.3Easy and Convenient

Car was alright, smooth process of collecting and dropping off. Staff very helpful and quick response especially from Ms Eka.

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C.Hii

September 20, 2022

Destination: Kuala Lumpur

9.7Easier than expected.

Pickup of the car was smooth and easy. Friendly operator.

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S.Sallay

September 20, 2022

Destination: Langkawi

10Excellent

Very helpful ground staff; very good quality vehicle. Overall a very pleasant experience.

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YL

September 14, 2022

Destination: Penang

9.3Efficient, fuss free - no drama.

Car is as expected.

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G.Chang

September 4, 2022

Destination: Langkawi

7.7Pretty OK with my economy car

I didn't get insurance oversell as I saw happened to other people. The car is pretty OK for the budget and very gas efficient. The pick-up is pretty smooth and easy to find, but the drop-off took a bit time primarily due to early morning (7:30am) and busy rental car drop-offs. Overall, very good for the budget

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A.MIRAJ

August 31, 2022

Destination: Penang

10Good car at good price, highly recommended!

The staff both during pick up and drop off are very friendly and helpful. Did not spend too much time at the counter and we got the car very fast.

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W.Chee Hiong

August 31, 2022

Destination: Kuala Lumpur

10Satisfactory

Good Services provided by SURIA

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Gordon

August 23, 2022

Destination: Langkawi

10Perfect

Great car, great staff and easy booking and collection!

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Zafran

August 19, 2022

Destination: Langkawi

8.7very bad

i booked for a Honda city or equivalent but they gave me a Nissan almera which i can find for cheaper price, end up paying more for a cheaper car very disappointed with the service :(

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J.Sheikh

August 18, 2022

Destination: Langkawi

8.3Good company but check all the marks and scratches first

Not the car I booked but suitable alternative. Clean car and good condition. They did take an extra RM 100 deposit which was not expected but this was returned. Lots of scratches and cosmetic damage on the car before handover not all of which were on the handover form. Needed to spend time going through them and filming them as not fully documented on the form and it would be easy for Samavest to say these were caused by me

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C.Choo

August 18, 2022

Destination: Kuala Lumpur

6so far so good, just when pick up the car take about 30min for process.

Car been scratch everywhere. Car bad handling on highway. Book Proton Saga, but they give Bezza Take too long for the staff bring the car to us.

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C.Ng

August 18, 2022

Destination: Penang

10Seamless experience to car rental

Great and immediate communication

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A.Abdul Razak

August 15, 2022

Destination: Kuala Lumpur

8.7I will be back

Service from SRC was simply amazing Great communications and staff was extremely efficient. Car was on the older side,but in decent condition. I was hoping for a newer car.

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August 4, 2022

Destination: Kota Kinabalu

7.7Good

Charged me a cost of RM 281 due to a tiny stone chip hole on windscreen. This is totally out of my expectation since this is an uncontrollable factor. Not satisfied with the charge.

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s.ling

July 26, 2022

Destination: Penang

10Excellent

very very good service, especially Miss Chuah.

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July 14, 2022

Destination: Langkawi

7.3Average experience

Car condition was average only. Wasn’t being informed that speed limit is only 70km upon car collection. We had to pay FINE RM150 due to this. If we were verbally informed, we can take extra precautions.

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July 6, 2022

Destination: Kuala Lumpur

10Awesome

The car is in tip top condition. The pick up was very smooth. The dealer is very friendly. Instructions are very clear. Handover process is exceptionally great.

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a.redwan

June 21, 2022

Destination: Kuala Terengganu

10Very easy to book and good car to drive.

Good car. Good customer service. Very fast response when needed. Well done. Keep it up!

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Hari K

June 16, 2022

Destination: Langkawi

9Good experience.

Excellent service from the ground staff. No hassle service.

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W.ONG

June 15, 2022

Destination: Langkawi

10Great and helpful

Overall experience was great and they change my car types based on our condition esp my dad is with wheelchair.

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L.Wong

June 13, 2022

Destination: Langkawi

8.3Thumb up !

The car and service was good. will recommend. Even though we booked for Nissan Almera but we got Toyota Vios which is similar to.

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H.WONG

May 30, 2022

Destination: Langkawi

9.7Great experience, however car is bit old with very rough power steering

Great customer service, though the pickup method was a culture shock.

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A.Krishnakumar

May 29, 2022

Destination: Langkawi

10Excellent

Sherene was proactive and helpful with clear directions for pickup and drop off. Seamless experience.

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Jc Mayline

May 25, 2022

Destination: Penang

9.7Satisfied services

Excellent service provided by Suria

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Jasmine Low

May 24, 2022

Destination: Johor Bahru

10Overall is great for the car rental only the search engine a bit out of order.

Easy to communicate

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L.Bukenya

May 19, 2022

Destination: Kuala Lumpur

7Good

The car was smelly and quite dirty. Ofcourse a pickup will have some dust but the middle console where the cup holders were looked untidy and we even had ants living in the car.

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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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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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