The Malaysian Highway Authority (LLM) has announced an increase of more than 400% for the toll rates at the Johor Bahru customs, come 1st August, 2014.
This comes after the Malaysian government announced plans to introduce a Vehicle Entry Permit for all foreign vehicles entering Johor. The Singapore Land Transport Authority said if there is a new, or an increase, in toll charges by Malaysia at the Causeway, Singapore will match them in due course.
Passenger cars rates will be revised from RM2.90 to RM16.50. Taxis will have to pay a total of RM8.20 (RM4.80 inbound, RM3.40 outbound), up from the previous RM1.40.
Charges for buses have been revised from RM2.30 to RM13.30 (RM7.80 inbound, RM5.50 outbound).
It said Class two vehicles toll will go up from RM4.50 to RM24.90 (RM14.70 inbound and RM10.20 outbound) while Class three vehicles would have to fork out RM33.30 (RM19.70 inbound, RM13.60 outbound) both ways from the previous RM6.10.
Its director-general Datuk Ismail Mohd Salleh said the revised rates were appropriate given the facilities and services enjoyed by users that travelled to the complex from.
On July 16, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced that Malaysia will introduce VEP for Singapore-registered vehicles entering Johor.
He gave an assurance that a portion of the VEP collection would be channelled to the Johor government.
The Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) for Singaporean-registered vehicles entering Johor will be capped at RM50 (S$19.50), according to a report in Malaysia’s New Straits Times.
The VEP will be introduced at the Johor-Singapore Causeway and the Malaysia-Singapore Second Link. The government hopes to implement the VEP by the end-2014.
The move comes after Singapore announced that effective August 1, the Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) fee for foreign-registered cars entering Singapore will be raised from S$20 (RM52) to S$35 (RM90) a day.
The Goods Vehicle Permit (GVP) fee for foreign-registered goods vehicles will be raised from S$10 (RM26) to S$40 (RM103) a month.