Malaysia on Wednesday announced that it will charge drivers of all foreign vehicles entering Johor Bahru.

According to The Star, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said the decision to implement the Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) fee was made following a request from the state.

Najib also said the date of implementation of the fee and the rates will be announced later.

Deputy Transport Minister Abdul Aziz Kaprawi said the ministry was fine-tuning the proposed VEP charge.

However, he said the VEP charge would not be applicable at the border checkpoints in the northern part of the Malaysian peninsula.

“We are taking a bilateral approach only between Malaysia and Singapore because only Singapore is imposing a VEP charge on Malaysian vehicles and not the other countries,” said Abdul Aziz.

Johor Chief Minister Mohamed Khaled Nordin had said the Johor government suggested a VEP charge of RM20 (S$7.80), with RM5 going to the state government for road maintenance, for Singapore vehicles entering Malaysia through the Causeway and the Second Link.

Singapore had earlier announced an increased VEP charge of S$35, from S$20, on foreign vehicles entering the republic effective 1 August.

In response, Malaysia’s UMNO Youth also proposed on Tuesday imposing a fee on Singaporean cars entering Malaysia.

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