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Malaysia to charge S$7.55 entry fee for Singapore vehicles from middle of next year

Malaysia will charge RM20 (S$7.55) for a vehicle entry permit (VEP) for foreign-registered vehicles entering from Singapore from the middle of next year, a senior official has been quoted as saying.

Deputy Transport Minister Abdul Aziz Kaprawi said the imposition of the fee was approved by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak in July.

"The Transport Ministry is working out details of the VEP's implementation at the two entry-points in Johor, the Causeway and the Second Link, before it is enforced," the New Straits Times quoted him as saying.

Malaysia's Transport Ministry had earlier said the VEP charge will not be more than RM50 per entry.

The VEP plan had to be postponed "as there are detailed preparations to be done, including the installation of special devices", Datuk Abdul Aziz was quoted as saying after a ceremony in Batu Pahat, Johor.

A round trip to Malaysia using the Causeway now costs about $13.10 - more than five times the cost before revisions by the two sides on Oct 1.

The cost of a similar trip using the Second Link remains unchanged at $12.40.

S'PORE VEP

Singapore charges $35 a day for a four-wheel vehicle VEP, up from $20 before Aug 1.

Mr Abdul Aziz said yesterday that Malaysia is also mulling over charging for a VEP on foreign-registered vehicles coming in from Thailand and Brunei.

He did not say whether vehicles coming in from Indonesia's Kalimantan to Sabah and Sarawak would be similarly charged.

The VEP rates at entry points from Thailand and Brunei will be announced once Johor's system is running smoothly, he said.

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