Road charge also af­fects lo­cals

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY KONG SEE HOH

THE RM20 road charge (RC) to be im­posed on each for­eign­reg­is­tered ve­hi­cle en­ter­ing Malaysia via Jo­hor from Nov 1 has raised con­cern not only among Sin­ga­pore­ans but also Malaysians who have to make fre­quent trips.

Ori­en­tal Daily News re­ported yes­ter­day this is be­cause many Malaysians who drive to work in Sin­ga­pore daily, for var­i­ous rea­sons, use Sin­ga­pore-reg­is­tered cars and the RC will be a bur­den.

Those who drive Malaysian­reg­is­tered cars to work in Sin­ga­pore are also wor­ried as there is talk that Sin­ga­pore may re­act to the RC by in­creas­ing the toll on Malaysian ve­hi­cles en­ter­ing the re­pub­lic.

Those who com­mute from Jo­hor to Sin­ga­pore daily to work are also wor­ried, as more peo­ple will switch to pub­lic trans­port and cram in with them on buses.

Malaysian Wei Jia Jun, 35, who stays with her hus­band and chil­dren in Sin­ga­pore, said she is al­ready pay­ing the equiv­a­lent of RM40 in levy for each trip back to Malaysia.

Wei said she bought a Sin­ga­pore-reg­is­tered car due to her work and chil­dren, who are study­ing in the re­pub­lic.

“How­ever, I will not cut down on the num­ber of trips to Malaysia be­cause of the RC. After all, we love Malaysia and most of our friends and rel­a­tives are in Jo­hor,” she said.

Jo­hor Road Trans­port De­part­ment direc­tor Mohd Rusli Mohd Darus said the de­part­ment has con­ducted sev­eral dry runs of its RC col­lec­tion sys­tem and is con­fi­dent that ev­ery­thing will go well on Nov 1.

“The sys­tem will not cause con­ges­tion as mo­torists will pay with the Touch ‘n and Go card.”

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