Singapore’s Ministry of Transport is considering a proposal to revise the free entry time for Malaysian-registered vehicles looking the enter the country via the Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP), of which Malaysians have to pay in addition to the recently introduced Causeway toll hikes.

Currently, Malaysian-registered vehicles are exempted from paying for the VEP should they enter Singapore on weekends, Singaporean public holidays, 10 business days per calendar year and between 5 pm to 2 am on other weekdays.

A proposal to revise the entry time from 5 pm to 7 pm has been considered, with the intention to bring it in line with the Off-Peak Car scheme for local vehicles. Most of the Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) gantries stop charging after 8 pm.

“We will consider the suggestion on revising the VEP-free periods and also factor in the possibility of Malaysia implementing its proposed charge on non-Malaysia-registered vehicles entering Malaysia,” the republic’s Transport Minister, Lui Tuck Yew, said in Parliament. He added that currently, about one in 10 foreign-registered cars entering Singapore needs to pay the VEP fee.

Lui also disclosed that the average daily number of foreign cars entering the country on weekdays and weekends is 10,900 and 12,100 respectively over the six months from April to September 2014. The corresponding figures last year were 11,900 and 13,600 vehicles respectively.