Malaysia was form in the 1963 by the merger of the Federation of Malaya with the former British colonies of North Borneo, Sarawak and Singapore. However, the union was unstable due to the distrust between Singapore and the federal government of Malaysia.
However as the Federal Government of Malaysia dominated by the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) woes over the bumiputera policy for Malays and as the racial tensions increased, Singapore was voted out on 9th August 1965 on an overwhelming 126-0 by the federation. On the same day, a tearful Mr. Lee Kuan Yew announced the independency of the country.
Cutting the long story short, Singapore still maintain close bilateral relations which benefits both countries and there are almost 400,000 Malaysians coming over from Johor to Singapore via two bridges across the straits – the Causeway (Woodlands Checkpoint) and the Second Link (Tuas Checkpoint).
Busiest Checkpoint In The World
With strong businesses and employment linked between these two countries, there are more than 400,000 people and 130,000 vehicles crossing customs everyday. Do note that Woodlands checkpoint is one of the busiest checkpoint in the world, attributed be people staying in Johor Bahru and coming to Singapore for work purposes.
Though Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) has stepped up enforcements and put up additional signages to remind motorist to pay the respective tolls and fees, there are still motorists that would take the risk of evading toll charges, Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) fees and fixed Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) fees when entering or leaving Singapore through both checkpoints.
Higher Composition Fines
Hence, LTA decided to introduced new fines for motorist from 1st August 2016 onwards that a composition fine of S$50 for motorists who evade the tolls and fees, while repeating offenders will have to pay S$100. This was five times more from the S$10 administrative fee payable currently.
In addition, motorists who do not pay the composition sum and then charged for tolls and fees evasion are liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding S$1,000, or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three months for first offence.
Stricter Road Traffic Rules
On the other hand, LTA is exploring possibilities on amending the Road Traffic Act to prohibit the entry and exit of foreign vehicles with unpaid tolls, fees, taxes, penalties or composition sums payable or due.
Who Needs To Pay Tolls & Fees
Tolls are applicable to all Singapore and Malaysia registered vehicles and Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) fees are applicable to all foreign-registered cars and motorcycles while fixed ERP fees are applicable to foreign-registered cars that does not have a In-Vehicle Unit (IU) onboard and use an ERP-priced roads.