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ERP rates increase from next month

By Terence

ERP to increase

Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) charges at four areas will increase by S$1 from November 1.

The increase is part of the Land Transport Authority’s (LTA) quarterly review of ERP-priced roads and expressways.

Motorists will have to pay S$4 from 8.30am to 9am at the gantries at the East Coast Parkway (ECP) at Fort Road and the Kallang-Paya Lebar Expressway slip road.

Those travelling westbound on the Pan-Island Expressway (PIE) near Kallang Bahru from 7.30am to 8am will have to pay S$1.

Charges at the Central Business District and Bugis-Marina Centre cordon on weekdays from 6.30pm to 7pm will be S$3.

At the Orchard cordon, charges for weekdays from 6.30pm to 7pm and Saturdays from 6.30pm to 8pm will increase by S$1 to S$2.

Motorists Yahoo! Singapore spoke to were shocked by the sudden increase.

“I don’t think increasing the ERP charges will help ease congestion on the road. LTA should get feedback from motorists before deciding to raise the rates,” said HR executive Karen Ng, 28.

Added delivery driver Mohd Ismail, 57, “The traffic isn’t very heavy in the morning at the KPE slip road so I am puzzled as to why they increase it to S$4 there.”

According to LTA, the next ERP review will take place next month for the December school holidays.

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