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Date [ 2014-07-11, 05:05 ]

Get ready to pay more if you drive into Singapore as a non-citizen.

Soon to cost more.

(Kuala Lumpur=Koreanpress) Azmi Anuar =On July 1, 2014, the Land Transport Authority of Singapore announced an increase in the fees for its Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) and Goods Vehicle Permit (GVP) for foreign-registered vehicles entering the country. This new ruling will come into effect on August 1, 2014.

As Malaysia is the only country being connected to Singapore via the Causeway and the toll at Tuas, it will effectively affect mostly Malaysian vehicles.
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The new fee hikes for foreign-registered cars entering Singapore will be a 75 percent increment from S$20 per day to S$35, while for foreign-registered goods/commercial vehicles, the increment is even higher. A 300 percent jump from just S$10 per calendar month to S$40 now.

However the fee for motorcycles will remain at the current S$4 per day, and that the increment will not affect buses or taxis. Also all foreign-registered cars and motorcycles will continue to enjoy the VEP-free days and VEP-free hours which falls on weekends and Singapore Public holidays, and between 5 pm to 2 am on all other days.

The reason for the increase is said to be to bring the cost of owning and using a foreign registered vehicle in Singapore is on par with that of owning and using a Singapore-registered vehicle.

In response to the increment, the Johor state government has submitted a follow-up application to the Malaysian Federal Government for a similar fee to be charged to Singaporean vehicles entering Malaysia.

Malaysian Reaction

State Public Works, Rural and Regional Development Committee Chairman, Datuk Hasni Mohammad informed Singaporean cars entering the state currently do not have to pay any fee, except for the tolls.

He went on to say that the proposal to impose a levy on Singaporean cars, has been forwarded by Johor to the Federal Government. The fees have been set at a very reasonable RM50 (S$20)per vehicle due to Singapore’s favourable exchange rate against the Malaysian ringgit. “Personally, I feel the fee will not be a burden for Malaysians working in the republic or Singaporeans coming into Johor Baru regularly,” he said in a re4cent interview.

The proposal, added Datuk Hasni, was not new as the previous state government had made a similar suggestion, and what was proposed now could be taken as a follow-up.

The main reason the previous administration had decided to propose the levy was due to the high volume of Singaporean cars using the country’s roads and infrastructure. Thus the wear and tear was at a much faster rate and chalked up higher maintenance bills. The levy collected could therefore be set aside to help maintain the roads in the state. Datuk Hasni clinched it by imparting, “They (Singaporeans) have caused many problems, especially traffic congestion in the city centre.”

Your Quick Check

With effect from 1 August 2014, VEP fee for foreign-registered cars will be S$35 per day. VEP fee for foreign-registered motorcycles will remain at S$4. Motorists can still drive into Singapore for 10 VEP free days per calendar year.There is also no change to the VEP operating hours.

TOLL CHARGES FOR LOCAL & FOREIGN-REGISTERED VEHICLES
Toll charges are calculated on a per trip basis.
Tuas Checkpoint – arrival and departure toll charges are applicable.
Woodlands Checkpoint – only departure toll charges is applicable.

Extension of Stay

Each foreign-registered vehicle is given a VEP grace period of 14 days from the date of entry, or up to the expiry of the vehicle’s insurance and road tax, whichever is earlier.

It is an offence for a foreign-registered vehicle to overstay in Singapore. If you wish to keep your vehicle in Singapore beyond 14 days, please visit LTA's office at 10 Sin Ming Drive to extend its period of stay, bringing alongthe following documents:

-Autopass Card
-Vehicle Registration Card
-Insurance certificate
-The vehicle
-Cash payment

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