Going Johor for Lok-Lok? Now You Have to Think Again
If you are using the Causeway between Malaysia and Singapore, you should read this piece of information. There's a dramatic change in the price. Above is the Chart how much it will cost for a round trip via the causeway, all in SGD.
The Land Transport Authority said the rates, which will apply to all vehicles, except motorcycles, were raised to match Malaysia's fee hike.
Report from Channel News Asia:
SINGAPORE: When Singapore raises its toll charges at the Woodlands Checkpoint in October, a car trip to Johor and back will cost S$6.50 on this side of the Causeway - up from the S$1.20 that motorists currently pay. The fresh rates include a new toll of S$2.70 for motorists entering Singapore.
The Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCCI) said the toll increases may not be significant for larger organisations, but smaller companies are likely to feel the pinch. It hopes the new return toll can be waived for Singapore-registered vehicles.
Mr Ng San Tiong, vice-president of the SCCCI, said: "For commuters like individuals and the smaller micro-SMEs (small and medium enterprises), there will be some impact. Eventually, the increase in toll charges will be passed on to the consumer, so both Singapore and Malaysia businessmen are worried about the cost increase."
In August, Malaysia had raised its toll fees by more than 400 per cent - with a round trip for cars now costing RM16.50 (S$6.50). Taking into account toll charges on both sides of the Causeway, this means a trip to Johor and back will cost S$13 from October, a significant jump from the S$2.40 previously.
REACTIONS FROM COMMUTERS
Mr Toh Teck Hock, who drives to Malaysia once a week to visit mother-in-law, said: "I have to go in because my mother-in-law is there. So whether you like it or not, you have to pay the toll."
Mr Richard Chu, a Singaporean who works in Malaysia, expressed concern over the toll hike. He said: "It is too much. At most, you would raise it by 10 or 20 per cent. That would be enough. We have no choice but to drive in. We can't walk in and taking the bus would not get us to our exact destination."
Some commuters said they might rethink their plans in Malaysia. "Now I enter Malaysia every day. But from October, I won't go in as often - perhaps reduce the frequency by half," said Mr Chu.
Mr Steven Thomas also expressed similar sentiments. He said: "My parents do own a property in Kuala Lumpur but my parents have decided to sell off their current property and at the same time, they have decided to give up the idea of owning a property in Johor. They think that travelling down will be too costly."
The Land Transport Authority has said it is Singapore's long-standing policy to match its toll charges at the Causeway and Second Link to those set by Malaysia. It added that Singapore will follow suit should Malaysia reduce or do away with the toll charges.