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No decision from Malaysia on Eastern Dispersal Link toll charges

The Malaysian government has informed its Singapore counterpart that no decision has been taken so far on the proposal to charge tolls or levies for the Eastern Dispersal Link.

No decision from Malaysia on Eastern Dispersal Link toll charges

File photo: Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew speaking in Parliament.

SINGAPORE: The Malaysian government has informed its Singapore counterpart that no decision has been taken so far on the proposal to charge tolls or levies for the Eastern Dispersal Link.

Singapore's Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew said this in a reply to a question in Parliament on Monday.

Malaysian media had earlier reported that Malaysia is looking at the option of charging Singapore-registered cars only to recover the costs of constructing the new link.

Mr Lui said other media reports have indicated that the Malaysian government has opted to impose a levy on foreign vehicles instead of a toll, so as to avoid having to charge Malaysian vehicles, while arguing that Singapore has similarly imposed Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) fees on foreign cars.

Mr Lui also informed the House of Singapore's practice when it comes to tolls for the use of the Causeway or the Second Link.

"Our consistent practice is that we peg our tolls to match those set by Malaysia. This should apply to all vehicles using the Causeway or the second link regardless of whether they are Singapore-registered or foreign-registered," said Mr Lui.

"Depending on the eventual details of Malaysia's proposal, we will then see how best we should apply this matching principle."

Source: CNA/cc

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