Singapore may react in some form if the road charge implemented by Malaysia discriminates against Singapore-registered vehicles, the Straits Times reported.
It is reacting to Malaysia’s latest move in introducing the RM20 road charge to all foreign private registered vehicles entering Malaysia via Johor.
“We note that Malaysia plans to implement a Road Charge of RM20 at the Causeway and Second Link checkpoints from November 1.
“If it discriminates against Singapore-registered vehicles, we will match it in some form,” a spokesman for Singapore’s Ministry of Transport (MOT) was quoted as saying.
Malaysia’s Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said the road charge would be collected via the Touch n’ Go card each time motorists enter Malaysia. The Minister said the initial collection exercise will only involve foreign private registered vehicles excluding foreign registered motorcycles.
The road charge will be extended from the Johor border to the other 10 road entry points across Malaysia in stages. Malaysia shares its land border with Thailand, Brunei and Indonesia.
If Singapore does impose a new road charge, driving into the island republic would be even costlier. How much does it cost for a Malaysian to drive into Singapore currently?
There is a daily Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) fee of S$35 (RM105) for foreign-registered cars to be used in the island republic. However, car drivers are entitled to 10 VEP free days per calendar year. The VEP operating hours are from 2am to 5pm, Monday through Friday.
In August 2014, Singapore raised its vehicle entry permit charges for foreign-registered cars from S$20 to S$35 per day, while the Goods Vehicle Permit fee for foreign-registered goods vehicles was raised from S$10 to S$40 per calendar month.
On top of the VEP fee, there is a toll charge of S$3.20 to be paid on arrival at the Tuas Checkpoint and S$2.70 at the Woodlands Checkpoint. Departure toll charges at the Tuas and Woodlands checkpoints are S$3.20 and S$3.80 respectively.
When you drive into Singapore, you need Autopass card, which is a customised stored-value card issued to foreign-registered vehicles. The card can be used to pay VEP fees, toll charges, Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) fees on priced roads, and car park fees in some car parks.
If you fail to buy an Autopass card on entry, you can drive through the various checkpoints. You have to get one from the Land Transport Authority (LTA) office at 10 Sin Ming Drive, but there is a S$10 fine. If you fail to register your vehicle, a hefty fine awaits you at the departure point.
Source : The Heat Malaysia Online