Beginning August 1, it’ll cost you a fair bit more to drive into Singapore. The country’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) has announced through a statement that it is revising the Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) and the Goods Vehicle Permit (GVP) fee.
The VEP fee for foreign-registered cars entering Singapore will be revised from S$20 (RM51.50) to S$35 (RM90) per day, while the GVP fee for foreign-registered goods vehicles will be revised from S$10 (RM25.70) to S$40 (RM103) per calendar month, starting from August 1.
The VEP fee increase only applies to foreign-registered cars and will not affect buses or taxis, and the fee for foreign-registered motorcycles will remain the same, at S$4 per day, the LTA statement added.
As before, the VEP-chargeable hours will remain unchanged, from 2 am to 5 pm on weekdays, while VEP-free hours continue to be between 5 pm and 2 am on weekdays. Saturday, Sunday and public holidays remain VEP-free days.
The LTA said that owners of foreign-registered goods vehicles can continue to purchase the GVP at the current fee of S$10 for the month of July, but any GVP with a validity period beyond July 2014 will be charged at S$40 per calendar month.
The price hike follows on the country’s recent ruling that all in-use diesel powered vehicles entering Singapore would be required to meet its new permissible levels of smoke opacity. The ruling came into effect Jan 1 this year, but a six-month grace period was given. Enforcement began on July 1.
The adjustment, made by Singapore’s National Environment Agency (NEA), lowered the permissible level of black smoke emitted from a vehicle from a previous 50 HSU (Hartridge Smoke Units) to 40 HSU.
On our Euro 2 diesel, Malaysian diesel-powered vehicles would fail the requirement, and it was recently announced that the government had allowed the sale of Euro 5 diesel in selected locations in Johor to keep the wheels turning on commercial vehicles heading in and out of the republic.