Singapore’s Land Transport Authority announces new ‘reciprocal road charge’ to match Malaysia’s RM20, beginning from Feb 15.
PETALING JAYA: Malaysian cars will have to pay S$6.40 (RM20) for a “reciproal road charge” (RRC) upon entering Singapore beginning from Feb 15, TODAY Online reported.
Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) today released a statement on the new road charge that will apply at both the Woodlands and Tuas Checkpoints for foreign-registered cars.
According to the LTA, the RRC amount is the approximate value in Singapore dollars, converted from the RM20 that foreign cars are being charged to enter Malaysia.
“The RRC mirrors Malaysia’s road charge of RM20 (S$6.40) per entry for non-Malaysia registered cars entering Johor, which was implemented on Nov 1, 2016,” LTA was quoted as saying.
Malaysian cars will now have to pay the RRC together with the existing Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) charge as well as toll charges and fixed Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) fees upon departure at the Tuas Checkpoint (second link) or Woodlands Checkpoint (JB-Singapore causeway).
LTA said all relevant signages have been put up to remind owners of foreign cars on the applicable amounts that will be deducted from their Autopass card or CashCard at the immigration booths.
According to TODAY Online, any motorists who skips paying the charges will be fined S$50 for a first offence and S$100 for every subsequent offence.
“Those who fail to pay the fine may be charged in court and face a fine of up to S$1,000 or a jail term of up to three months,” LTA said.
Last Monday, Singapore’s Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan told the island republic’s parliament that their government has a “long-standing policy” of matching any levy, tolls or fees charged by Malaysia at the land checkpoints.
“This is to ensure that Malaysia takes into consideration our response whenever they raise their tolls or introduce a new levy,” Khaw was quoted as saying by the daily.
TODAY Online reported that Malaysian authorities collected RM13.9 million in road charges from Singapore vehicles between Nov 1, when the new road charge was launched on Dec 20 last year.
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