According to a report by The Star, Singapore will lift its reciprocal road charge (RRC) of SGD6.40 (RM20), once Malaysia begins imposing its RM20 road charge (RC) at the Thailand border as well.

This was revealed by Malaysian High Commissioner to Singapore Datuk Ilango Karuppannan after he was informed by Singapore’s Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan that Singapore had always viewed the implementation of the RC at the Johor border as being aimed at vehicles entering Malaysia from the republic.

As such, Malaysia’s RC implementation was deemed “discriminatory,” as vehicles coming through its other border from Thailand were exempted from it currently. “They see the RC as a type of toll collection and they will match it whenever Malaysia increases the toll charges at the Causeway or Second Link,” said Ilango.

However, Singapore has since been informed that the RC was for all foreign-registered vehicles and not just Singapore-registered vehicles, with local Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai saying that Malaysia was looking at implementing it at the Thailand border by mid-2017.

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

Liow also welcomed Singapore’s decision to lift its RRC once Malaysia implements the RC at its other entry points bordering Thailand, and stressed that the move was not meant to discriminate Singaporeans.

Ilango also justified the need for the RC, as Malaysia did not respond to Singapore’s implementation of the VEP policy in 1973. “It makes sense for Malaysia to charge foreign-registered vehicles the RC, especially for the maintenance, and wear and tear of our roads,” Ilango said.

When asked about the impact of the RC on Malaysians, Ilango stated only those driving Malaysian-registered cars would be affected, as there were also many Malaysians who were driving Singapore-registered cars to avoid paying VEP fees.

On Monday, Singapore announced that it would increase its RRC to SGD6.40 (RM20) beginning February 15 in response to Malaysia’s RM20 RC that was implemented November 1 last year. Foreign-registered vehicles entering the republic would be required to pay the RRC on top of the daily Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) fees, toll charges and fixed Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) fees upon departure at the Tuas or Woodlands Checkpoints.