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The Johor state government has revealed that about RM1 million has been collected in Road Charge (RC) fees since the system was implemented on November 1, The Sun reports.

According to state assembly, state public works, rural and regional development committee chairman Datuk Hasni Mohammad, Johor is entitled to receive 25% of the RM20 fee that is levied on Singapore-registered vehicles coming into Malaysia either via the Causeway or the Second Link in Gelang Patah. The RC charge is paid through Touch n’ Go electronic payment at passport checking booths.

Earlier this week, it was reported that the government is expecting to collect as much as RM144 million a year in revenue from the RC, the figure being based on a projected 20,000 foreign-registered private vehicles entering Malaysia every day. Hasni said that based on the estimate, the state is set to get a share of about RM40 million in 2017.

He said that initially, there were less cars coming in from Singapore after the RC was imposed. “There was a 10% drop in Singapore-registered cars coming in during the first week of the month,” he said. The following week saw a return to normal traffic. “It’s back to normal. It could be due to the school holidays in Singapore and the weakening of the Ringgit,” he explained.

Drivers of Singapore-registered cars entering Johor via the two links have to pay a RM20 fee on top of checkpoint toll charges imposed by both Malaysia and Singapore. 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.