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Singapore’s Ministry of Transport has stated that the republic will continue to match any increase in Malaysia’s tolls, Channel NewsAsia reports.

According to Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan, the long-standing policy is to ensure Malaysia takes into consideration Singapore’s response whenever it plans to raise tolls. Khaw was responding to a question posed in Singapore’s Parliament on whether the ministry will adjust the Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) fee and toll charges for vehicles entering Singapore.

This comes following Malaysia’s plan to introduce a VEP system for foreign vehicles entering the country via the causeway from Singapore. The system is currently undergoing its trial run, which ends on July 15, after which, a RM20 VEP charge will be imposed from July 16. The registration of vehicles for the VEP system will continue until the end of the year.

Singapore’s current toll charges (left), VEP fees (right)

Singapore’s VEP charges for foreign-registered cars is SGD$35 (RM103) per day, while the fee for a Goods Vehicle Permit for foreign-registered goods vehicles is SGD$40 (RM118) per calendar month. Additionally, ten free days (per year) are given to each foreign car, and there are no charges during the weekends, Singapore public holidays and when entering Singapore between 5pm and 2am from Monday to Friday.

Khaw said Singapore has always supported open and liberal transport links and connectivity with Malaysia. Citing the tolls at the Causeway and Second Link, he said both were introduced in 1998 only in response to Malaysia’s decision to charge tolls at both crossings.

“The same principle will apply in our response to Malaysia’s impending road charge. If it discriminates against Singapore-registered vehicles, we will match it in some form. We will confirm whether and how we will respond, after Malaysia has implemented their road charge and the details become available,” he said.