SINGAPORE - Drivers on the Seletar Expressway were reminded of new toll charges through overhead electronic signs, as the fee hike kicked in on the Singapore side on Oct 1.
Traffic was smooth on the Causeway in the early hours of Wednesday morning, the first day the revised toll charges on the Singapore side come into force.
It appeared to be business as usual when The Straits Times visited the Woodlands Checkpoint at 5.30am, with the new charges kicking in without a hitch.
Pumping petrol at Mesra petrol station was Mr Muhd Shawal, 40, one of those hit by the hike. The Singaporean businessman who lives in Johor was on his way to send his two children to school.
"What to do, I just have to accept it, I cannot say don't send them to school or don't do my business," he said.
Mr Shawal, who imports food and equipment from Johor to Singapore, added: "There is no way to reduce the toll cost so I will just have to try to cut down on my operation costs".
In August, Malaysia raised the toll rates for vehicles entering Johor from Singapore and implemented a new toll for Singapore-bound vehicles.
The Land Transport Authority (LTA) announced it would match these rates shortly after the changes were made.
Since then, business chambers representing companies in Malaysia and Singapore have voiced concerns that the toll hikes will have a negative economic impact.
In September, Malaysian government officials said that they would be meeting with Singapore officials to clarify the reasons behind the revision of charges at the Causeway. According to the LTA, it has been a longstanding policy for Singapore to match the tolls set by Malaysia.
A two-way trip by car via the Causeway will now cost around S$13.10 in combination with tolls levied by Malaysia.