Malaysia will implement the charge of RM20 (S$7.60) in vehicle entry permits (VEP) for foreign-registered vehicles coming in from Singapore from around the middle of next year.
Deputy Transport Minister Abdul Aziz Kaprawi said the imposition of the fee was approved by Prime Minister Najib Razak in July and was planned to take place in January.However, the VEP’s implementation has been postponed due to te needs for detailed preparations to be done, especially the installation of special devices at the two entry-points in the state.
“The Transport Ministry is working out details of the VEP’s implementation at the two entry-points in Johor, which is the Causeway and the Second Link, before it is enforced,” said Abdul Aziz Kaprawi.
A round trip to Malaysia using the Causeway now costs about $13.10 – more than five times the cost before changes of toll charge by the Singapore and Johor government on Oct 1. The cost of a similar trip using the Second Link in Tuas remains unchanged at $12.40.
Singapore charges $35 VEP a day for four-wheel vehicles, up from $20 before Aug 1.
Drivers of goods vehicles will pay $40 for a monthly permit, four times the $10 previously.
Currently Johor implementation of foreigner VEP is response to Singapore revision of VEP from Malaysia into Singapore which is take effect August 1, 2014.
Mr Abdul Aziz said yesterday that Malaysia is also mulling over charging VEP on foreign-registered vehicles coming in from Thailand and Brunei. He did not say whether vehicles coming in from Indonesia’s Kalimantan in Sabah and Sarawak would be similarly charged.
The VEP rates at entry points from Thailand and Brunei will be announced once Johor’s system is up and running smoothly, he added.
Singapore’s Ministry of Transport is studying Malaysia’s move to impose a Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) fee of RM20 (S$7.55) for foreign vehicles from the middle of next year and will respond “in due course”, reported Channel NewsAsia.