Strike by Malaysian bus drivers at Johor checkpoint has ended, says local report

A Twitter user posted this picture of commuters apparently stranded at the Checkpoint. -- PHOTO: SHING/TWIITER
A Twitter user posted this picture of commuters apparently stranded at the Checkpoint. -- PHOTO: SHING/TWIITER

The strike by Malaysian bus drivers at the Johor checkpoint has ended, according to a local report.

Chinese newspaper Sin Chew daily reported that the traffic situation at the checkpoint had returned to normal by 8am on Friday, after the local authorities promised to look into the revised toll charges within one week.

Witnesses reported early Friday morning that many Malaysian registered buses were refusing to continue their journey into Singapore at Woodlands.

The "strike" by the bus drivers caused heavy traffic congestion at the checkpoint.

An increase of more than 500 per cent in toll charges at the Johor Bahru Customs came into effect on Aug 1, effecting both Johor-bound and Singapore-bound vehicles.

Crossing the Causeway: How much it costs now
  Old New (From Aug 1)
  Only one-way (Singapore to Johor) Singapore to Johor Johor to Singapore Round trip
Private cars RM2.90 (S$1.14) RM9.70 RM6.80 RM16.50
Small lorries RM4.50 RM14.70 RM10.20 RM24.90
Heavy lorries RM6.10 RM19.70 RM13.60 RM33.30
Taxis RM1.40 RM4.80 RM3.40 RM8.20
Buses RM2.30 RM7.80 RM5.50 RM13.30

* Motorcycles are exempted.

Source: Malaysian Highway Authority

ST Graphics by Derrick Ho | Compiled by Ling Chang Hong