The Malaysian Highway Authority (LLM) has announced an increase of more than 400% for the toll rates at the Bangunan Sultan Iskandar Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) Complex in Johor Baru starting August 1.
The move to revise the toll rate comes fresh on the heels of Putrajaya’s plans to introduce Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) fee for all foreign vehicles entering Johor.
In a statement, the Malaysian Highway Authority said passenger cars rates will be revised from RM2.90 to RM16.50 (RM9.70 inbound and RM6.80 outbound) while taxis will have to pay a total of RM8.20 (RM4.80 inbound, RM3.40 outbound), up from the previous RM1.40.
It said the charges for buses has been revised from RM2.30 to RM13.30 (RM7.80 inbound, RM5.50 outbound).
It said Class two vehicles toll will go up from RM4.50 to RM24.90 (RM14.70 inbound and RM10.20 outbound) while Class three vehicles would have to fork out RM33.30 (RM19.70 inbound, RM13.60 outbound) both ways from the previous RM6.10.
Its director-general Datuk Ismail Mohd Salleh said the revised rates were appropriate given the facilities and services enjoyed by users that travelled to the complex from the Eastern Dispersal Link (EDL), the elevated highway built to disperse traffic towards Johor Baru town.
On July 16, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak announced that Putrajaya would introduce VEP for Singapore registered vehicles entering Johor.
He gave an assurance that a portion of the VEP collection would be channelled to the Johor government.
Putrajaya’s move came after Singapore recently announced that effective August 1, the Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) fee for foreign-registered cars entering Singapore will be raised from S$20 (RM52) to S$35 (RM90) a day.
The Goods Vehicle Permit (GVP) fee for foreign-registered goods vehicles will be raised from S$10 (RM26) to S$40 (RM103) a month.
Malaysian businesses have protested against the move since it would drive cost higher, especially with the strong Singapore dollar. – July 26, 2014.