Stiffer penalties for motorists who evade tolls, fees at checkpoints to be imposed from Aug 1

Vehicles travelling on the Causeway between Singapore and Johor Baru.
Vehicles travelling on the Causeway between Singapore and Johor Baru.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Motorists who evade tolls and fees at the Tuas and Woodlands checkpoints will have to pay composition sums of up to $100 from Aug 1.

A composition sum of $50 will be introduced for motorists who do not pay the charges for the first time, while repeat offenders will have to pay $100, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) said in a statement on Saturday (July 9).

This applies to evasion of the Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) fees and fixed Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) fees for motorists both entering and leaving Singapore.

Currently, offenders pay a $10 administrative fee, LTA said.

Motorists who do not pay the composition sums can be charged for tolls and fees evasion.

If found guilty, they can be fined up to $1,000, or up to three months for the first offence.

Additional signs have been put up to remind motorists to pay the tolls and fees, and more officers have been deployed to step up inspections since May, LTA added.

LTA is also considering amending the Road Traffic Act to prohibit the entry and exit of foreign vehicles with unpaid tolls, fees, taxes, penalties or fines.

This is because a significant number of offenders are foreign motorists, "who are difficult to track down after they have left Singapore", LTA said.

Tolls are applicable to all vehicles, while VEP fees are applicable to all foreign-registered cars and motorcycles.

Fixed ERP fees are applicable to foreign-registered cars that do not have an In-Vehicle Unit (IU) installed.

They pay a fixed ERP fee of $5 daily if they use ERP-priced roads during ERP operating hours.

Toll charges (below) are calculated on a per trip basis.