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Singaporeans who drive to Malaysia via the Johor Bahru Customs, Immigration and Quarantine Complex (CIQ) will soon only need to pay toll charges when exiting the country.
Announced yesterday by Democratic Action Party State Assemblyman Andrew Chen on Facebook, he said this change will ensure a smoother clearance at the CIQ for motorists entering Malaysia.
Currently, motorists will need to have sufficient value in their Touch ‘n Go cards before entering Malaysia. If a top-up is required, motorists will need to leave their vehicles to add value to their cards. This causes delays and congestion at the CIQ.
However, with this change, they will still be allowed into the country even if they have insufficient value in their cards. Instead, they’ll only need to pay the toll charges upon exiting Malaysia.
Before exiting the country, motorists will need to ensure that their cards have sufficient value. For motorists who choose to top-up their cards upon exiting, a penalty fee will be charged to them. In addition, top-ups can only be done at certain counters at the Checkpoint—meaning it would further compound their clearance.
Although no date was officially announced for the change, large signboards will be placed at the checkpoint to inform motorists, both entering and leaving the country, of the upcoming change.
With this, incoming traffic to Malaysia will definitely be smoother as there will no longer be “top-up delays” at the checkpoint in the future.
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