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Not a fake this time – Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) has officially announced on its website that from October 1, Singapore’s toll charges for all vehicles, except motorcycles, leaving Singapore through the Causeway, will be increased to match the new increase on the Malaysian side.

Come next month, the toll charges for cars will jump from S$1.20 to S$3.80 (an equivalent RM3 to RM9.60 leap). For vans and light goods vehicles, the increase will be from S$1.90 to S$5.80 (from RM4.80 to RM14.70). For taxis, the hike will be from S$0.60 to S$1.90 (from RM1.50 to RM4.80), and for buses, from S$1 to S$3.10 (from RM2.50 to RM7.85).

Also, a new matching Causeway toll will be implemented for all vehicles, except motorcycles, entering Singapore. For foreign-registered cars, Singapore’s Causeway entry toll (i.e. entering Singapore from Johor) will be recorded in the LTA’s toll system and displayed to motorists upon entry into Singapore.

Payment will be deducted only upon leaving Singapore (whether through the Causeway or Second Link), together with the exit toll, S$35 (RM89) Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) fee and Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) charges, if any. This will be the same as the existing practice for the Second Link entry toll, for which there are no changes to toll charges.

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For all other vehicles that do not pay VEP fees (all Singapore-registered vehicles and foreign-registered goods vehicles, buses and taxis), they will pay their Causeway entry toll upon entry into Singapore and their exit toll upon leaving Singapore. This will again be the same as the existing practice for the Second Link.

Malaysia recently upped its Causeway toll fees from a one-way RM2.90 (for cars) to RM6.80 leaving Malaysia and RM9.70 re-entering Malaysia, making it RM16.50 for a return journey (now matched by Singapore’s S$6.50 entry-and-exit total).

Malaysian motorists also have to pay S$35 for the VEP. The VEP is exempted on Saturdays, Sundays and Singapore Public Holidays, 10 normal weekdays per calendar year, and between 5 pm to 2 am on all other days.

The LTA says that Singapore will follow suit should Malaysia reduce or do away with the toll charges.