Malaysia will be charging RM20 (S$7.55) vehicle entry permit (VEP) for all foreign-registered vehicles coming in from Singapore by the middle of next year.
The Malaysian government is still considering whether or not to impose similar charges for vehicles coming in from Thailand and Brunei.
Singapore currently charges S$35 VEP a day for four-wheel vehicles and S$4 daily for motorcycles except on weekends and Singapore public holidays.
“The Transport Ministry is working out details of the VEP’s implementation at the two entry-points in Johor, which is the Causeway and the Second Link, before it is enforced,” Deputy Transport Minister Abdul Aziz Kaprawi was quoted as saying by the New Straits Times on 20 December.
Mr Abdul Aziz said the government agreed to the RM20 VEP charge, which was planned to take place in January, after Prime Minister Najib Razak announced the VEP last July.
“However, the VEP’s implementation has been postponed to the middle of next year as there are detailed preparations to be done, including the installation of special devices at the two entry-points in the state,” he said in Batu Pahat, Johor.
He said VEP rates in areas bordering Thailand and Brunei would be announced once Johor’s implementation phase is completed and running smoothly.
Vehicle number travelling between Singapore and Malaysia through the Woodlands causeway and the Second Link at Tuas is estimated at 400,000 crossings both ways daily.