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Inbound and outbound toll charges at the Bangunan Sultan Iskandar Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) Complex have gone up, resulting in motorist travelling to Singapore via the Causeway to pay a total of RM16.50.
The new toll rates started at 12.01am on Friday, and all charges will be implemented using the Touch ‘n’ Go cards as cash payments are no longer possible.
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). Outbound vehicles will have to pay a rate of RM6.80, RM10.20, RM13.60, RM3.40 and RM5.50. Motorcyclists do not have to pay toll.
In the next five days, about 1,000 Touch ‘n’ Go cards with a reload value of RM10 will be given out to motorists passing through the toll.
The Eastern Dispersal Link (EDL) Expressway is an elevated highway built to help disperse traffic heading into the city centre (Johor Bahru). There are several exits from the EDL, and the last exit leads directly into the CIQ complex. Motorist will not be tolled if they do not go through the CIQ complex when using the EDL highway.
In other news, Malaysian factory workers had no choice but to walk across the Causeway into Singapore when the factory buses they were travelling in refused to cross the checkpoint following the implementation of the new toll charges.
These workers reportedly started walking across the Causeway as early as 5am.
Story from: The Star
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