Good news for those who travel often between Johor and Singapore. From tomorrow, the levy and toll rates at the Malaysia-Singapore Second Link will be reduced, benefitting both commercial and private vehicles. This is to ease the load on the Causeway.

The prime minister’s office said in a statement last week that the levy reduction would involve commercial vehicles entering and leaving Malaysia and the toll reduction was for all vehicles except motorcycles during off-peak hours, Bernama reported.

“The government has agreed to reduce the commercial vehicle levy to RM50 for vehicles entering and leaving Malaysia, down from the current rate of RM100 to RM200. In addition, the toll rate outside peak hours at Linkedua, between 10am and 3pm and 11pm and 5am, for all vehicles except motorcycles will be reduced by between 47% and 82% according to the class of vehicles,” it said.

The new rate after the significant reduction will be RM4 (from RM7.50) for private vehicles, RM3 (from RM5.70) for taxis and RM4.50 (from RM9.10) for buses. Commercial vehicles (classes two and three) will pay RM4.50 and RM6.10 (from RM17.10 and RM34.30), which are the same at the Causeway. This move is expected to reduce the number of commercial vehicles using the Causeway by 40%. The Second Link connects Tanjung Kupang in Johor with Tuas in Singapore.

The PMO’s statement said that another measure being taken by the government to reduce congestion was the implementation of the Johor Bahru-Singapore Rapid Transit System (RTS) project.

“The rail link between Bukit Chagar station in Johor Bahru and Woodlands North, Singapore is expected to commence in 2024 and it will have a capacity of up to 10,000 passengers per hour in each direction. It is also expected to cut the travel time to 30 minutes compared to over an hour now. The Malaysian and Singapore governments have already submitted the offer letter to the company that will build and operate the RTS,” it said.

In addition, KTM will also increase the frequency of the Shuttle Tebrau from 26 trips to 31 trips daily. The statement said that this would allow the train operator to ferry 1,500 more people across the Causeway than the current 7,783 per day. This is a short-term measure before the four km RTS route is completed.