Toll hike follows reciprocal policy, says Singaporean senior minister

File photo of the Causeway between Malaysia and Singapore. Singapore raised its toll rates to match the toll rates imposed by Malaysia at the Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) at Bangunan Sultan Iskandar at the Johor Causeway effective August 1. — Today pic
File photo of the Causeway between Malaysia and Singapore. Singapore raised its toll rates to match the toll rates imposed by Malaysia at the Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) at Bangunan Sultan Iskandar at the Johor Causeway effective August 1. — Today pic

KUALA TERENGGANU, Sept 16 — The Singapore government adopted a reciprocal approach when deciding to impose and raise toll charges at the Woodlands Causeway Checkpoint effective October 1.          

Its Senior Minister of State for Foreign and Home Affairs, Masagos Zulkifli Masagos Mohamed said Singapore has the right to impose new toll rates and raise existing rates.          

“Singapore has a reciprocal policy. This means that we will match the toll increase imposed by Malaysia. If there is a drop, we may follow,” he told reporters after visiting Taman Tamadun Islam here, today.          

Masagos Zulkifli is on a two-day working visit to Terengganu to strengthen ties between Singapore and states in Malaysia, including promoting closer economic ties.        

Singapore raised its toll rates to match the toll rates imposed by Malaysia at the Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) at Bangunan Sultan Iskandar at the Johor Causeway effective August 1.          

New toll rates for vehicles exiting Singapore are: Car at S$3.80 (RM9.60) from S$1.20 (RM3) previously, Van at S$5.80 (RM14.60) compared to S$1.90 (RM4.80), Lorry at S$7.70 (RM19.50) compared to S$2.60 (RM6.60), Taxi at S$1.90 (RM4.80) compared to S$0.60 (RM1.50) and Bus at S$3.10 (RM7.85) compared to S$1 (RM2.50).         

Toll rates for vehicles entering Singapore are: Car at S$2.70 (RM6.80), Van at S$4 (RM10), Lorry at S$5.30 (RM13.40), Taxi at S$1.40 (RM3.50) and Bus at S$2.20 (RM5.60). — Bernama

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