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Implementation of reduced off-peak toll charges at Second Link

Land Transport Authority (LTA) has announced on Monday (2 April) that the implementation of reduced off-peak toll charges at the Second Link commenced on Sunday (1 April).

The authority stated that as announced by the Land Transport Authority on 9 February 2018, Singapore’s toll charges for all vehicles, except motorcycles, leaving and entering Singapore via Tuas Checkpoint have been reduced during off-peak hours

Previously, roundtrip fee of S$6.40 for cars at Tuas Checkpoint has been reduced to S$2.60 during the offpeak period, saving up to S$3.80.

Meanwhile, heavy goods vehicles making return trips during off-peak periods will be charged S$4 at the Second Link, compared to S$29.40 previously.

The authority will also revise the peak period tolls, from 5am to 10am and 3pm to 11pm, to adjust for changes in exchange rates since the tolls were last set in 2010.

LTA encouraged motorists to plan their journeys in advance to benefit from the lower toll rates when travelling to and from Malaysia.

LTA stated that the reduction in toll charges at the Second Link is in line with Singapore’s long-standing policy of matching Malaysia’s toll adjustments.

In January, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said at a joint press conference with his Singaporean counterpart that both leaders had discussed the issue of reviewing toll charges at the Tuas Second Link to make it more attractive for commuters to switch from using the Woodlands Causeway.

He said, "(There are) reports that during peak hours, especially during the festivities and school holidays. People from both sides have to wait for as long as three to four hours to get clearance. And we both agree that we need to resolve this," adding that the lower levies and toll charges at the Second Link is expected to reduce the number of commercial vehicles at the Johor Causeway by 40 per cent.