Malaysia to scrap highway toll at Causeway from Jan 1

KUALA LUMPUR • From Jan 1 next year, Malaysia will no longer charge a toll at the Johor Causeway for using the Eastern Dispersal Link (EDL) highway.

Prime Minister Najib Razak announced yesterday that the government would scrap the EDL fee.

The 8km highway terminates at the Causeway from inside Johor Baru. Since August 2014, motorists entering and leaving Singapore have had to pay a toll even if they do not use the elevated highway built by a government-linked firm.

Malaysia charges RM6.80 (S$2.20) each way for cars. Taxis and buses pay RM3.40 and RM5.50 while light and heavy goods vehicles pay RM10.20 and RM13.60, respectively.

Singapore soon matched the toll with a fee of $2.70 for cars, $1.40 for taxis and $2.20 for buses, while light and heavy goods vehicles pay $4 and $5.30, respectively.

The EDL fee came on top of an existing RM2.90 toll for cars entering Johor via the Causeway. It is unclear if this will be hit by the change.

Shannon Teoh

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 28, 2017, with the headline 'Malaysia to scrap highway toll at Causeway from Jan 1'. Print Edition | Subscribe