New toll rates at Johor Causeway

JOHOR BARU: Motorists travelling to Singapore via the Causeway must now pay a total of RM16.50 for inbound and outbound toll charges at the Bangunan Sultan Iskandar Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) Complex.

A spokesman from the Eastern Dispersal Link (EDL) Expressway said that the new toll rates started at 12.01am on Friday.

All charges will be implemented electronically at both sides using the Touch 'n' Go cards, with cash payments no longer possible.

"We will be giving out some 1,000 Touch n' Go cards with a reload value of RM10 to motorists passing through the toll.

"We estimate to hand out 200 cards daily especially during peak hours in the next five days," she told The Star when contacted.

The toll rates for vehicles coming into Malaysia are now RM9.70, RM14.70, RM19.70, RM4.80 and RM7.80 for the respective Class 1 to Class 5 vehicles.

The existing inbound charges ranged from RM1.40 (for taxis) to RM6.10 (for vehicles with three or more axles).

Rates for outbound vehicles would be RM6.80, RM10.20, RM13.60, RM3.40 and RM5.50 starting Friday.

Motorcyclists are exempted from paying toll.

The EDL is an elevated highway built to help disperse traffic heading into the Johor Baru city area.

There are several exits from the EDL, with the last leading directly into the CIQ complex.

Motorists using the 8.6km elevated highway would not be tolled if they do not go through the CIQ complex.

A controversy erupted following the decision to impose toll collection at the Johor CIQ which forces those who do not use the EDL but want to travel to Singapore to also pay the charges.

The new toll charges were announced by the Malaysian Highway Authority last week.