Toll War: Stung by Malaysia, Singapore slaps extra $6.40 entry charge on foreign vehicles

The charges will be imposed from 15 February, on top of VEP, toll charges and ERP fees.

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All foreign-registered vehicles entering Singapore from the Tuas or Woodlands Checkpoints will have to pay a reciprocal road charge (RRC) of S$6.40 (RM20) per entry from 15 February, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) announced on Monday.

The RRC will be levied on top of the existing taxes, including Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP), toll charges and fixed Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) fees. The vehicles are expected to pay all these charges before leaving the checkpoints.

"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," said LTA, according to The Channel News Asia. The authority also said that a composition sum of S$50 will be imposed on motorists who evade the RRC. If the accused motorist fails to pay the sum, he could be fined up to S$1,000 or sent to jail for three months maximum.

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Signboards have been put up at the checkpoints to remind motorists to pay the applicable charges. They can either pay it by their Autopass card or CashCard at the immigration booths, the LTA said. .

"This is to ensure that Malaysia takes into consideration our response whenever they raise their tolls or introduce a new levy," Singapore's Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan said, reminding people that the country's government has an old policy of matching any tax or tolls charged by Malaysia at the land checkpoints.