Johor Taxis Ask To Be Spared From RRC

Posted on: 2017-01-19

JOHOR BARU: Taxi drivers here want Singapore to exclude them from paying the newly introduced Reciprocal Road Charge (RRC) that will take effect next month.

They reason that if the implementation of the RRC mirrored Malaysia’s Road Charge (RC), then they should be excluded, just as Singapore taxis are exempted from paying the RC.

Johor Baru-Singapore Taxi Terminal chairman Muhamad Najib Abdul Rahman said they were worried about the matter because Singapore has not said anything about exempting them from the RRC.

“We are hoping that since Malaysia has given Singapore taxis an exemption from the RC, the republic will give us similar treatment,” he said at Larkin Sentra here.

He said 195 Johor taxis ferrying passengers into Singapore via the Causeway will be affected by the RRC unless excluded.

“If Singapore charges us the RRC, we will have to absorb the fee.

“We cannot increase the RM20 per head fare to Singapore and the S$12 (RM37.70) from the republic back to Johor without SPAD approval,” he said, referring to the Land Public Transport Commission.

If Singapore does not grant an exemption, Muhammad said the Government must allow the taxi drivers to increase the fare by at least 10% to cover the cost of the RRC.

“We will not be able to survive otherwise,” he said.

Muhamad Najib said the taxis were already paying RM7.20 per entry in toll charges at the Bangunan Sultan Iskandar Customs, Immigration and Quarantine Complex, besides S$7.30 (RM23), including toll charges at the Woodlands Checkpoint and S$4 (RM12.56) per trip for the Electronic Road Price, which was charged along Singapore’s Bukit Timah Expressway and Pan Island Expressway during certain hours.

With all these charges, he said, the RM20 per head for trips into Singapore and S$12 (RM37.70) for the return trip would no longer be enough to sustain their operations.

Muhammad Najib said that if Singapore exempted the taxis and the present fare was maintained, he was confident that demand for the taxi service would increase.

It was reported that from Feb 15, all foreign-registered cars will have to pay an RRC of S$6.40 (RM20) each when they enter Singapore via the Tuas or Woodlands checkpoints.


Source From: The Star

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