​New ERP System to Start in 2020: Includes New In-Vehicle Units

Published by on . Updated on 2 Jul 2020

Motorist New Erp System On Board Unit For Cars 2019(Photo Credit: MyCarForum)

Update: LTA has clarified that these photos were used for a study in 2016, and are NOT actual depictions of the new on-board unit. Details of the new ERP system have not been finalised either. More details can be found here.

In February 2020, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat also announced that the distance-based ERP system will not be ready for several years.
Existing in-vehicle units (IUs) will be replaced “progressively from next year”. These new on-board units (OBUs) will apparently display more information such as live traffic information and coupon-less street parking.

For those unaware, LTA has been testing a new generation of satellite-based Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) system since 2018. Instead of a gantry, which charges a flat rate, this new system will track and charge motorists based on distance.

To accommodate this new system, the existing IUs will be replaced with new OBUs starting from next year. According to LTA, the first replacement will be “free of charge” and can be done at vehicle inspections centres and selected approved workshops.

LTA also added that there will be a transition period, during which the existing and new ERP system will “co-exist”.

A quick search online revealed several alleged photos of the new OBUs. Featuring a touchscreen, it appears to have several interesting new features.

Motorist New Erp System On Board Unit For Cars 2019 Balance
(Photo Credit: MyCarForum)

Besides highlighting your Cash Card balance, it also comes with a traffic information feed-cum-GPS which highlights traffic jams, closed roads, and offers directions. It also comes with an option to pay for roadside parking, similar to what the Parking.sg app offers. It also appears to have both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi capabilities.

Online reactions have been mixed thus far. Some netizens welcome the new layout and functions, while others have likened it to a “taxi meter”. And of course, there were some who were not receptive of the distance-based charging under the new system.

However, please bear in mind that these are NOT the actual photos of the OBUs and are likely to change in the future.

What are your thoughts about the new ERP system and OBUs? Let us know in the comments below!

Alleged photos taken from MyCarForum.

Motorist New Erp System On Board Unit For Cars 2019 Charge
(Photo Credit: MyCarForum)Motorist New Erp System On Board Unit For Cars 2019 Parking

(Photo Credit: MyCarForum)

Motorist New Erp System On Board Unit For Cars 2019 Traffic
(Photo Credit: MyCarForum)

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a car spend most time in the car park. houurly parking has been too cheap since 1980s. make ownership cheaper , tax usage not ownership

almost 4 years ago

Person Who Need Car
Generally a car do a servicing at 3 months or 10000km Even if it charge $0.05 it’s a $500 every 3 months. Meaning $2000 per year vs currently road tax of $340 / 6months for a Vezel

almost 4 years ago

Gave up my family's 2 cars in 2016 because was unhappy to pay for a $30k+ COE. Since then been using a mixture of MRT bus Grab. it works for me and the savings are great. i stay 12 mins walk from the nearest MRT and we are a family with 1 young kid and 2 senior parents. it's workable. A car is a choice in Singapore. these taxes all go to the national coffer. if they didn't exist GST would probably have to be another 2-3% more. so, you decide whether you want to help with the nation building

almost 4 years ago

Ivan Lim
This new ERP system is designed by PAP to suck more money out of Singaporeans to pay their million dollar salaries. We are already paying road tax so why on earth are we paying again to use the roads? Better vote wisely or more of such things will come.

almost 4 years ago

Lawrence Ong
If this is true, this is discouraging Singaporean to buy car

almost 4 years ago