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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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M.Hassan

February 8, 2023

Destination: Kuala Lumpur

10Home Trip

The staff are friendly and guided me thru. Car is in good condition. They answered each of questions patiently and explained clearly. Will definitely recommend others.

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January 19, 2023

Destination: Kuala Lumpur

9.7Smooth car renting

Good information about getting around within the city. Easy pick up and drop off

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K.KIMURA

January 9, 2023

Destination: Langkawi

8.7Very Good

車がアップグレードされていた。ただ、貸与会社が、MERGEではなく、そこから委託を受けていると思われる現地ツアー会社であった。

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January 5, 2023

Destination: Kuala Lumpur

8Good, but needs improvements with car of this price.

The car was about average, roughly 2-3 years old but with relatively high mileage. Interior was clean and the drive's fairly smooth, but the engine was a bit noisy (have driven many Civics before). There were also many scratches around the body and rims. Considering the amount paid for this car/category, we weren't too happy given the above. We had expected for a newer or better maintained car. Hope to see improvements in the future.

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A.MALHOTRA

December 30, 2022

Destination: Langkawi

7Dissatisfied.

The car condition was very poor. The seats were torn, the foam was coming out, there were lot of vibrations and noises in the car. The process was smooth but the car condition was in itself in a very bad shape.

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Haziq

December 26, 2022

Destination: Langkawi

10Awesom experience.

Mr Azuan is awesome. He contacted me 2 weeks before my trip. He was very clear on the steps and procedures. The car was superb. It was super clean and in superb condition. Fresh out of the oven.

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JT

December 23, 2022

Destination: Langkawi

8Smooth experience, very poor car. Avoid.

Car brakes failed completely halfway throughout the trip and I had to make an emergency stop. Replacement was driven to me quickly

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Mohammed Hadi

December 23, 2022

Destination: Langkawi

10Look no more if you need a car rental. Qeeq is great!

The car was in an excellent condition. Staff were also helpful and assisted in loading our luggage in the car.

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TBH

December 22, 2022

Destination: Penang

9.7Excellent customer service

Although Suria doesn’t have a service desk at the airport, their customer service staff was very prompt in responding and meet onsite within minutes of contact. The car provided was also in very good condition.

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Y.Lew

December 19, 2022

Destination: Langkawi

10Smooth pick up and drop of process with clear instructions. Super valuable package.

Highly recommended. Price is cheap with full insurance covered. Contactless car pick up and drop off process is smooth, car is clean and comfortable. Sea Safari Customer Service is responsive and give clear instructions on how to pick up and drop off. We enjoy our trip in Langkawi with Sea Safari!

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December 16, 2022

Destination: Kuala Lumpur

6No problems

Friendly staff.

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S.Tham

December 16, 2022

Destination: Langkawi

9.3Smooth, stress-free.

The late Mr Lim was a very great and kind chap. Our plane was delayed by two hours, and he still happily served us without any fuss at all. I am so shocked to hear from his colleagues when I returned the car that he has passed away a day or two after I collected the car from him. My condolences to his family.

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M.TAKEMURA

December 15, 2022

Destination: Kuala Lumpur

8.3マレーシアでレンタカー

マレーシアでのレンタルで、マレーシアの車種だったので、綺麗さは求めていませんでしたので、それなりの車でした。 塗装が剥げていたり、鍵の部分が破損していたりはありましたが、問題なく走行できる状態でしたので、大丈夫です。

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December 8, 2022

Destination: Langkawi

8Average

Car was pretty worn out but usable. Check-in and check-out process was fast.

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yesvkarthik27

December 6, 2022

Destination: Langkawi

10Excellent

Excellent support and ontime response. Very professional service.

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Ming Ming

December 5, 2022

Destination: Kuala Lumpur

9.3Great

Great experience. More than what we expected.

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Muhammad Heikel - Ar

December 1, 2022

Destination: Ipoh

9Great - I even topped up More petrol as a gift to the company

Everything is superb Only issue is rental cost I feel the daily rental is very expensive for such a low cc car

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Toshi

December 1, 2022

Destination: Kuala Lumpur

9.7スピーディー且つ柔軟度の高い貸し出し&返却手続き

スピーディー且つ柔軟度の高い貸し出し&返却手続きでした。

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Shahrir

November 30, 2022

Destination: Kuala Lumpur

8.3Great

Car was good. Staff was good. Pick-up at klia2 to klia1 was good , and vice versa. Best if they could set-up a office at klia2 for those who lands at klia2. Just a suggestion

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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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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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