Malaysia and Singapore are fighting once more. But this time it is all about charges that Malaysia levies at Singapore-registered cars entering into the country via Johor Bahru Causeway and Second Link. Introduced last November, the charge that Singapore vehicle owners must fetch is equivalent to RM20 or S$6.60 (US$5.00).
On Friday, Singapore’s Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan announced in the country’s Parliament today.Singapore has decided to match Malaysia’s road charge for foreign-registered vehicles entering the country. The Minister delivered some figures about money collected by Malaysia from Singaporean drivers.
Khaw Boon Wan explained that since Malaysia had made RM13.9 million from Singapore vehicles until Dec 20. “We have a long-standing policy of matching any levy, toll or fee charged by Malaysia for using the road links between Singapore and Malaysia,” said Khaw, as reported by Channel News Asia.
“This is to ensure Malaysia takes into consideration our response whenever it raises tolls or introduces a new levy,” he added. The Minister will soon announce the amount for the fee towards Malaysian vehicles but it is likely to match the one collected in Malaysia.
The new road charge will first be collected at both land entry points from Johor – the Causeway and Second Link. The charge will be extended to 10 other entry points into Malaysia in stages.
Singapore imposed a S$35 Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) fee on foreign-registered cars entering the city-state in 2014. If a similar fee is applied, then crossing from one country to another will add a burden of US$10 for individual vehicles. It might act as a deterrent to come to the neighbouring country by car and reduce congestion at the Causeway.