Photo of Minister Khaw Boon Wan and ERP gantry from redwire

Through the Land Transport Authority (LTA), Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan doubled  road tax collection for the Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) gantry at Ayer Rajah Expressway from S$1 to S$2 starting May 8.

The LTA however claimed that the increase in charges will alleviate traffic congestion at the expressway which has an average speed of 30km/h during peak hours. Although there is no statistic provided that ERP gantries improve traffic flow, the government was adamant on constructing ERP gantries:

“ERP gantries were constructed as part of the expressway to provide the option of road pricing should traffic conditions along the north-east corridor worsen with future development.”

Another lucrative route at Tampines Expressway, a new ERP gantry will also commence operations collecting S$2 per vehicle. The ERP increases will likely add on another S$10 million a year to the average yearly collection of S$150 million in ERP tax revenue.

A new GPS-based ERP system costing S$556 million in construction will be implemented by 2020, allowing the government to collect ERP tax revenues without building ERP gantries and also track the movements of all Singapore vehicles.