Singapore will match Malaysia's new Causeway tolls, says LTA

The Singapore Immigrations and Customs checkpoint at Tuas Second Link, as seen from Johor, Malaysia. The Land Transport Authority (LTA) said on Monday, July 28, 2014, that should Malaysia raise existing tolls or introduce a new one at the Causew
The Singapore Immigrations and Customs checkpoint at Tuas Second Link, as seen from Johor, Malaysia. The Land Transport Authority (LTA) said on Monday, July 28, 2014, that should Malaysia raise existing tolls or introduce a new one at the Causeway and Second Link, the Singapore Government will match its tolls to those set by Malaysia. -- ST PHOTO: CAROLINE CHIA

SINGAPORE- The Land Transport Authority (LTA) said on Monday that should Malaysia raise existing tolls or introduce a new one at the Causeway and Second Link, the Singapore Government will match its tolls to those set by Malaysia.

The LTA was responding to media reports that Malaysia's Works Ministry will increase a toll charge for all vehicles except motorcycles entering Johor from Singapore through the Johor Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) complex at the Causeway. It will also impose a new Causeway toll for outbound vehicles entering Singapore from Johor.

According to Malaysian media reports, the two new changes will kick in on Friday.

In the statement, an LTA spokesman said it has always been the Singapore Government's practice to peg Singapore's tolls to match that of Malaysia's.

"If there is indeed a new toll, or an increase in toll charges, at the Causeway, the Singapore Government will match the new toll and increase in toll charges in due course," said the spokesman.

But the spokesman added that Singapore Government had not received any information from Malaysian authorities on both the reported changes. It has requested the Malaysian government to officially confirm the media reports.

Separately, Malaysia had earlier announced that it will impose an entry fee on foreign-registered vehicles entering Johor. The announcement from Malaysia came after LTA said earlier this month that it will increase the Vehicle Entry Permit and Goods Vehicle Permit fees for foreign-registered vehicles entering Singapore.

LTA said the Government had already contacted the Malaysian government "to seek details, and is awaiting Malaysia's reply before deciding on our response".