Road charge at other border entry points later

liowSEGAMAT: A road charge on foreign-registered vehicles entering Malaysia from Singapore will also be levied at other border entry points, said transport minister Liow Tiong Lai.

He said this would be implemented in phases at entry points for vehicles from Thailand, Brunei and Indonesia.

He said Malaysia did not practice discrimination in applying the road charge, which will begin on Monday.

“Singapore has been charging RC on us for decades. We are only about to start now,” he said.

He said Singapore had been notified in advance.

“There is no discrimination. We will impose the road charge not only at our border with Singapore, but also our borders with Thailand, Brunei and Indonesia with a similar charge of RM20 per car,” he told reporters here today.

A Singapore government statement today said the island republic would retaliate if the road charge was considered to be discriminatory against Singapore.

Liow said the Johor state government would receive 25 percent or RM5 from the RM20 charge. An average of 20,000 Singapore-registered vehicles enter Malaysia daily via the Causeway and the Second Link.

Up to July this year, a total of 144,000 Singapore-registered vehicles had applied for the Vehicle Entry Permit system.