SINGAPORE - To reflect the traditional dip in traffic volume islandwide during the December school holidays, electronic road-pricing (ERP) rates on several roads will be reduced from Saturday till Jan 2 next year.
Travelling on the Ayer Rajah Expressway (AYE) towards the city between 8am and 8.30am will be free of charge. In the evening, travel on AYE after North Buona Vista Road towards Tuas will also be free between 6pm and 6.30pm. The rate for using these stretches during these periods is $1 now.
The rates for south-bound vehicles using the Central Expressway (CTE) after Braddell Road between 7am and 9.30am will be cut by $1, with new tariffs ranging from $1 to $5.
Those using the CTE on the way home from the city will also pay less. Charges for the 6.30pm and 7.30pm slot at the gantry after the Pan-Island Expressway (PIE) will be 50 cents, while the 6pm to 6.30pm and 7.30pm to 8pm slots will be free.
Charges for the CTE gantry before the PIE will remain unchanged except for that for the 5.30pm to 6 pm slot, which will be halved to $1.
Likewise, the PIE will see ERP rates lowered. Thes rates at gantries at Adam and Mount Pleasant roads between 7.30am and 8.30am will be halved to $1.
Meanwhile, vehicle entry permit (VEP) operating hours will end earlier at noon on weekdays from this Saturday to the end of the year. The usual VEP hours for weekdays are between 2am and 5pm, when foreign-registered cars are charged $35 for entering Singapore.
VEP is waived for weekends and public holidays.
The complete list of ERP reductions - which are either 50 cents or $1 - are available on the Land Transport Authority's Facebook page.
The pre-holiday rates will resume on Jan 2, 2015.