Road charge exemption for Singaporean cars for a week

This period shall be used by all travellers to renew or obtain Touch n ’Go cards, or register and install RFIDs on their respective vehicles

by AZREEN HANI / pic by MUHD AMIN NAHARUL

THE Transport Ministry (MoT) has agreed to give a week exemption for road charge payments to all Singapore registered vehicles that will enter Malaysia starting from April 1, 2022, to April 7, 2022.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong (picture) said this exemption is intended to avoid congestion at both land border entrances between Malaysia and Singapore, especially for those who have not sufficient balance or no valid Touch n ’Go cards.

“This period shall be used by all travellers/Singapore registered vehicle drivers to either renew or obtain Touch n ’Go cards, top up the card or register and install radio-frequency identification (RFID) on their respective vehicles,” Wee said.

He said the decision was made after discussions with Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Onn Hafiz Ghazi who expressed his concern on the traffic congestion, thus agreeing to facilitate travel arrangements on the borders reopening set on April 1.

Any Singapore registered vehicle that is already registered and installed RFID Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) tags will also be exempted from registration certificate (RC) payments in the same period of time.

The implementation of RC will begin from April 8, Wee said.

“MoT hopes that the reopening of the Malaysia-Singapore borders will not only boost economic growth of both countries but also strengthen family ties and friendship between Malaysians and Singaporeans.”

Earlier, Wee announced that all public transport operators in the country can now make early preparations to renew their permits or licences with the Road Transport Department, the Land Public Transport Agency or with the Singaporean authorities.

“However, preparations or the start of actual services will all depend on whether the operators are ready,” he said in a statement.

Wee said the public can obtain further details on the services from the operators. He also reminded all cross-border transport operators to comply with all existing standard operating procedures (SOPs), including preparing QR codes in all operating vehicles.

The minister added that private vehicle drivers and operators have the right to refuse to provide services to any traveller who does not comply with current health SOPs such as the wearing of face masks.

He said it was the responsibility of travellers to ensure they have a valid MySejahtera app in their smartphones and meet all the stipulated travel conditions, adding that failure to do so could result in them being subjected to compounds or penalties under existing laws.

Wee said travellers who use private cars to Malaysia are reminded to register and obtain a foreign VEP via https://vep.jpj.gov.my/.