From Oct 1 onwards, all Singapore-registered private vehicles, except public buses, taxis, motorcycles and government vehicles, will have to pay a Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) fee of RM20 (S$7) to enter Malaysia, announced the Malaysia Deputy Transport Minister Abdul Aziz. In addition to the increase in toll charges, from September 1, all Singapore vehicles which are not registered with the Malaysia’s road authority, JPJ, would be refused entry. The VEP can only be paid via a Touch ‘n Go card and no cash is allowed.
Singapore vehicles will have to register online from August 15 and it applies to all Singapore vehicles including public buses, taxis, commercial goods vehicles and Singapore government diplomatic cars. They are also required to pay RM10 (S$3.50) for the road charge every 5 years.
Malaysia is implementing the new VEP in response to the Singapore Government’s Land Transport Authority increased the Causeway toll by more than 300% to S$3.80.
In spite of the multiple increases in toll charges from both sides, the Singapore Government and Malaysia Government appears to be in a cordial and friendly relationship with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong publicly supporting his Malaysian counterpart Najib calling for political stability. The two have yearly retreat and often meet up to discuss developments between the two countries.
Singaporean and Malaysian citizens are the only ones bearing the brunt of these toll increases. The new toll charges both two-way travel are as follow:
Malaysian toll charges
|Class||Type of vehicles||Inbound traffic||Outbound traffic|
|1||Private Cars||RM 20||RM 6.80|
|2||Vans and other small good vehicles||RM 14.70||RM 10.20|
|3||Large Trucks||RM 19.70||RM 13.60|
|4||Taxis||RM 4.80||RM 3.40|
|5||Buses||RM 7.80||RM 5.50|
Singapore toll charges
|Class||Type of vehicles||Outbound traffic||Inbound traffic|
|2||Vans and other Light Goods vehicles||S$5.80||S$4.00|
|3||Heavy Goods Vehicles||S$7.70||S$5.30|
PM Lee Hsien Loong wish Malaysia PM Najib stay in power