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Singapore will soon match Malaysia’s RM20 road charge at the two land entry points to Johor “in some form”, according to a Bernama report. Singapore’s Ministry of Transport was quoted as saying that Malaysia’s road charge (RC) was “discriminatory against Singapore-registered vehicles as it is only applied at the Singapore checkpoints.”

Details will be announced by the republic in due course. Singapore’s Ministry of Transport had earlier said that the republic will continue to match any increase in Malaysia’s tolls.

However, Malaysian transport minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said that the Malaysian government had never practised discrimination in implementing RC for foreign-registered vehicles from Singapore entering Malaysia, and it would implement the charge at entry points from other countries in phases.

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

“Singapore has been charging RC on us for decades. We are only about to start now. There is no discrimination. We will impose the road charge not only at our border with Singapore, but also our borders with Thailand, Brunei and Indonesia with a similar charge of RM20 per car,” Liow said. He also added that his counterpart in Singapore had been notified of the implementation of RC in advance.

As of 12:01am on November 1, drivers of Singapore-registered cars entering Johor either via the Causeway or the Second Link have been charged an additional RM20 fee, on top of checkpoint toll charges imposed by both Malaysia and Singapore. With the new charge, a round trip for a Singapore-registered car entering Johor will incur over S$19 (RM57) in fees.