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There has been no drop in the number of Singaporean-registered vehicles entering Malaysia despite the implementation of the road charge RC system on November 1, Bernama reports.

Deputy transport minister Datuk Ab Aziz Kaprawi said the government expects to collect as much as RM144 million a year in revenue, the figure being based on the projected 20,000 foreign-registered private vehicles entering Malaysia every day. Last week, it was reported that the government had collected RM300,000 in RC fees from Singaporean vehicles since the start of the programme.

Ab Aziz, replying to questions during a Dewan Rakyat sitting yesterday, also added that the record system for Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) is also set to be implemented early next year. The VEP, together with the RC, will help authorities monitor all foreign vehicles entering and leaving the country, he explained.

The RC for Singaporean vehicles began on November 1. Drivers of Singapore-registered cars entering Johor either via the Causeway or the Second Link have to pay a 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 now incurs over S$19 (RM57) in fees.

A RC fee is also set to be imposed on foreign private-registered vehicles coming in from Thailand, starting from the end of 2017. The rate will also be RM20.