(File pix) The PMO also said the government had formed a special task force, to be chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, as part of its efforts to improve traffic management at the Johor Causeway. (BERNAMA)

PUTRAJAYA: From Feb 13, the toll charges as well as commercial vehicle levy rates at Malaysia and Singapore Second Link (Linkedua) will be reduced between 47 and 82 per cent.

Announcing this today, the Prime Minister’s Office said the Linkedua toll rates for all vehicles, except for motorcycles, would be reduced between 47 and 82 per cent during the low peak period, which is 10am to 3pm and 11pm to 5am.

The new toll rates are:

* Private vehicles from RM7.50 to RM4;

* Taxis from RM5.70 to RM3;

* Buses from RM9.10 to RM4.50, and,

* Commercial vehicles for both Class 2 and 3 from RM17.10 and RM34.30 to RM4.50 and RM6.10 (same rate as the Johor Causeway)

The inbound and outbound levy rate for commercial vehicles will be lowered to RM50 from RM100 and RM200.

"These measures are expected to reduce the number of commercial vehicles at the Johor Causeway by 40 per cent," said the PMO in a statement today.

Another measure taken to address congestion issues at the Malaysia-Singapore border was the construction of the Johor Baru-Singapore Rapid Transit System (RTS) project.

The project, scheduled to be operational in 2024, would link the Bukit Chagar station in Johor Baru and Woodlands North station in Singapore. It will have the capacity to transport 10,000 passengers one way per hour.

"The RTS is expected to halve travelling time from one hour to 30 minutes," it said.

The statement added that Keretapi Tanah Melayu Bhd (KTMB) would increase the number of return trips of its Tebrau shuttle services from 26 to 31 trips per day.

"This will allow KTMB to transport 1,500 additional passengers crossing the Johor Causeway to the current number of 7,783 passengers per day," it said, adding that passengers would only have a five-minute traveling time using the shuttle compared to 45 minutes to two hours via bus.

"This is a short-term solution while waiting for the RTS' 4km line to become fully completed," it said.

The PMO also said the government had formed a special task force, to be chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, as part of its efforts to improve traffic management at the Johor Causeway.

"The efforts taken to improve the connectivity system and immigration matters between both countries reflect the two governments' dedication to forging ties and cooperations that will benefit the people of both countries."

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