JOHOR BARU: Some 1,440 people are expected to be able to travel between Johor and Singapore in the first week of the implementation of the land Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) here.
Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad said that the state government is prepared and looks forward to the implementation of the land VTL.
“Based on our capacity and early preparation for the land VTL, we expect to see the movement of some 1,440 people in the first week of its implementation.
“Whether those using the land VTL will have to use public transportation or are allowed to use private vehicles, that is still being discussed. Either way, in Johor, we are prepared," he added.
Hasni said that the Johor government has sent its own suggestions for standard operating procedures.
“Previously, we have also developed a system called Johor Travel Safe during the implementation of the Periodic Commuting Arrangement (PCA) Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL),” he added.
Hasni said this in his response to questions from Jimmy Puah Wee Tse (PH-Bukit Batu), Dr S. Ramakrishnan (PH-Bekok), Andrew Chen Kah Eng (PH-Stulang), Liow Cai Tung (PH-Johor Jaya), Yeo Tung Siong (PH-Pekan Nanas) and Dzulkefly Ahmad (PH-Kota Iskandar) who were asking about the reopening of the border between Johor and Singapore during the state assembly seating here on Sunday (Nov 21).
Hasni said that the number of people allowed to use the land VTL on a weekly basis would increase gradually based on the success of the initial implementation of the travel lane.
“We will look at the success and smoothness of the initial execution of the land VTL before increasing the capacity," he said
“We expect to be able to increase it to 2,500 and later to 5,000 a week,” added Hasni, saying that a pilot test on the land VTL between Johor and Singapore would be conducted on Monday (Nov 22).
On the category of people who could benefit from the land VTL, Hasni said that the state government is urging the Federal Government to allow the same category of travellers as in the air VTL between the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and Changi Airport to also be allowed to travel via the land VTL here.
“Both the air and land VTL are expected to take effect on the same date, which is on Nov 29 and we hope that there would not be any changes to the date,” he said.
Hasni had earlier said the VTL via the Causeway and Second Link will be opened simultaneously with the VTL between Changi Airport and KLIA on Nov 29.