Singapore to scrap motorcycle tolls at Second Link, matching KL's move

Motorcyclists currently pay RM1.10 (35 Singapore cents) on the Malaysian side of the Second Link and 40 cents at Tuas checkpoint. The Malaysian government has said that motorcyclists will get free passage across the Second Link to Singapore from Jan
Motorcyclists currently pay RM1.10 (35 Singapore cents) on the Malaysian side of the Second Link and 40 cents at Tuas checkpoint. The Malaysian government has said that motorcyclists will get free passage across the Second Link to Singapore from Jan 1. Singapore will match Malaysia's decision on the tolls.PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

Singapore will match Malaysia's decision to abolish tolls on motorcyclists next year at the Tuas Second Link, the Ministry of Transport (MOT) said yesterday.

An MOT spokesman told The Straits Times that the ministry has noted Malaysia's plans to remove motorcycle tolls at the Second Link from Jan 1.

"Should Malaysia reduce or remove the motorcycle toll charges at the Second Link, Singapore will match Malaysia's revised toll rates," the spokesman said.

Last Friday, Malaysia's new Pakatan Harapan government revealed in its budget for 2019 that motorcyclists will get free passage across Penang's two bridges and the Second Link to Singapore.

Currently, they pay a RM1.10 (35 Singapore cents) toll on the Malaysian side of the Second Link and 40 cents at the Tuas checkpoint.

Malaysian newspaper The Star reported on Saturday that Johor hoped Singapore would reciprocate the move.

"We believe the Singapore Government will follow suit, like when tolls at the Eastern Dispersal Link near the Johor Causeway were abolished," Johor's International Trade, Investment and Utilities Committee chairman Jimmy Puah Wee Tse was quoted as saying in The Star.

 

In its reply yesterday, MOT said Singapore's longstanding policy is to match Malaysia's toll rates.

"This reflects the shared nature of the Second Link," the ministry spokesman said.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 05, 2018, with the headline 'S'pore to scrap m-cycle tolls at Second Link, matching KL's move'. Print Edition | Subscribe