KUALA LUMPUR: Singapore said today it will remove motorcycle toll charges at its end of the Second Link to match Malaysia’s move to do away with toll collection at the Tanjung Kupang toll plaza in Johor.
In a very brief statement, Singapore’s ministry of transport said “We note Malaysia’s removal of motorcycle toll charges at the Second Link. Singapore’s long-standing policy is to match Malaysia’s toll rates. Singapore will match the removal of motorcycle tolls at the Second Link from Jan 21, 2019.”
This is in line with an earlier statement from Singapore that the island republic would abolish the 40 cents (RM1.21) toll for motorcyclists at its Tuas checkpoint.
Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng, in tabling Budget 2019, had announced that the toll collection for motorcyclists would be abolished from Jan 1. Singapore responded by saying it would match the Malaysian move.
Last night, Deputy Works Minister Mohd Anuar Mohd Tahir officiated the abolition of toll collection of RM1.10 at the toll plaza in Johor.
Anuar said doing away with the toll would result in savings for motorcyclists commuting between Johor and Singapore.
“They will also have a cost savings of between RM24.20 and RM66 a month based on the average working days of 22 days or 30 days a month,” he said at the toll plaza last night.
It is estimated that about 50,000 users stand to benefit from the removal of toll charges.
On Feb 1, Singapore revised its toll charges and levy at the Woodlands checkpoint to match Malaysia’s removal of toll charges at the Eastern Dispersal Link.