New card-less payment system for Electronic Road Pricing

An ERP gantry located near the State Courts.
An ERP gantry located near the State Courts. ST PHOTO: JAMIE KOH

SINGAPORE - A new card-less Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) payment system was launched on Tuesday (Aug 16) by EZ-Link.

It will allow motorists to drive through ERP gantries without cashcards in their in-vehicle units (IU), and does away with the hassle of topping up these cards when their values are low.

Under the new EZ-Pay, the ERP fees will instead be charged directly to a credit card which has been registered by the motorist.

For a start, this post-paid system will only be available to Citibank credit card holders but EZ-Link said it plans to extend this to DBS and POSB credit card users in 2017.

There will be no subscription charges for using EZ-Pay, EZ-Link said in a press release.

EZ-Pay, however, is not yet available for the payment of carpark charges. This means motorists will still have to use their cashcards when they pass carpark gantries.

EZ-Link said it is piloting with shopping mall Jurong Point for EZ-Pay acceptance at the end of September, and is also working with other carpark operators.

To obtain an EZ-Pay account, motorists can visit www.ezlink.com.sg for a one-time registration with their vehicle number and Citibank card details.

They will receive an e-mail later informing them of the successful registration and when they can go card-less.

To view records of their ERP transactions, users can also login to an EZ-Pay account using their NRIC number and PIN or refer to their monthly credit card statements.

The Land Transport Authority's group director for transportation and road operations, Dr Chin Kian Keong, said: "We are constantly working with third-party service providers to bring greater convenience to our land transport users for a fuss-free travel experience.

"With EZ-Pay, motorists and business owners with fleet vehicles can better manage their ERP expenses, without the need for a physical stored-value card," said Dr Chin.