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New ERP Rates For Aug 2019 – Plus, The Top 3 Most Expensive Gantries To Avoid!

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I have a love-hate relationship with the electronic road pricing (ERP) system in Singapore. On one hand, I understand its purpose in easing rush hour traffic jams. On the other… I really, really hate paying for it. So much so my husband  likes to tell people that when he hears the IU beep, it’s like listening to the sound of (my) heart breaking.

For the $0.50 kind – never mind, sua. But during super peak hours, some ERPs (for cars) can be as expensive as $6, which drives me nuts!

As most drivers would know, the ERP rates and charges are reviewed every quarter, and usually adjusted during the June and December periods. Now that the June holidays are behind us, there’s been another round of revision.

Come 5 Aug 2019, 3 gantries will have their ERP prices increased.

 

Introduction to the ERP system

Before we get into the ERP rates, this section is for those who don’t know what ERP is. ERP is actually a toll that was implemented to ease congestion. The logic is simple: By charging a fee to drive on the roads, drivers are deterred and more incentivised to take alternative routes and/or drive during off-peak hours.

According to LTA, Singapore is “first city in the world to manage road congestion by implementing an ERP system”.

How much the ERP rates are depends on what vehicle you’re driving and what time you pass the gantry. As mentioned, rates are reviewed every quarter. It is adjusted to achieve an optimal speed range of 20 to 30 km/h on small roads and 45 to 65 km/h on expressways.

 

Changes in ERP rates for Aug 2019

Now that everyone’s up to speed, let’s look at the most recent changes in ERP rates (Aug 2019).

Expressway & road Time Revised ERP rate 
AYE — Ayer Rajah Expressway 
After North Buona Vista Road (towards Tuas)  6pm to 6.30pm $3 (previously $2) 
CTE – Central Expressway
Before Braddell Road 7am to 7.30am $2 (previously $1)
CTE southbound after Serangoon Road (and PIE)  8.30am to 9am $5 (previously $6)
CTE southbound after Serangoon Road (and PIE)  9am to 9.30am $3 (previously $2)
ECP — East Coast Parkway 
ECP (City) 8am to 8.30am  Free (previously $1) 
KPE slip road into westbound ECP  8am to 8.30am  Free (previously $1) 

Unsurprisingly, it’s the usual suspects along CTE, AYE and ECP again. Some went up, others down.

On CTE, the Braddell Road ERP is up a dollar from 7am to 7.30am. For the CTE-PIE link near Serangoon Road, the ERP is lowered from 8.30am to 9am (from $6 to $5), but increased from 9am to 9.30am (from $2 to $3).

Only 1 change on AYE, for the gantry after North Buona Vista Road. It’s now $3 instead of $2.

For ECP, the 2 gantries on ECP (City) are now free between 8am to 8.30am. Same for the KPE slip road into westbound ECP.

 

Changes in ERP rates for June 2019

Before this round of changes (effective 5 Aug 2019), there was the huge exercise for the June holidays.

Expressway & road Time Revised ERP rate 
CTE – Central Expressway
Before Braddell Road 7am to 7.30am Free (previously $1)
After Braddell Road 7am to 7.30am Reduced to $1
After Braddell Road 7.30am to 8am Reduced to $2
Slip road to PIE 7am to 7.30am Reduced to $1
Slip road to PIE 7.30am to 8am Reduced to $2
PIE – Pan-Island Expressway
After Adam Road Exit 7.30am to 8am Reduced to $1
Mount Pleasant 7.30am to 8am Reduced to $1
Bendemeer Road 7.30am to 9.30am Free (previously $0.50)
Woodsville Tunnel 7.30am to 9.30am Free (previously $0.50)
AYE – Ayer Rajah Expressway 
After Jurong Town Hall (towards City, total 3 gantries) 6pm to 6.30pm Reduced to $1
ECP – East Coast Parkway 
ECP to City 8am to 8.30am Free (previously $1)
Before exit to KPE 8am to 8.30am Free (previously $1)
MCE – Marina Coastal Expressway 
Westbound before exit to Maxwell Road 8am to 8.30am Reduced to $1
Westbound exit to Marina Coastal Drive 8am to 8.30am Reduced to $1
Others
Kallang Road 8.30am to 9am Free (previously $0.50)
Thomson Road 7.30am to 8am Free (previously $0.50)
8am to 8.30am Reduced to $1

The lowered rates have since reverted to normal (after 30 June 2019), but if you’re interested in looking at the historical data, here it is (ERP rates for June 2019 ERP rates effective 6 May 2019).

Most gantries were reduced by $0.50 to $1 as traffic was expected to be lighter than usual, thanks to the June school holidays. Some gantries on CTE, PIE and ECP were even free for certain time slots.

For the two gantries that had their tolls increased by a dollar (CTE, before Braddell Road from 8.30am to 9am & KPE, after Defu Flyover from 8am to 9am), the change was effective since 6 May 2019, until the latest review in August 2019 (see above).

If you have specific ERP gantries along your usual routes that you want to check, you can see the exhaustive list of ERP rates at One.Motoring.

 

Top 3 most expensive ERP gantries & operating hours ($4 and up)

Expressway & road Time ERP rate
PIE into CTE 8.05am to 8.30am  $4 
8.30 to 08.35am $5
8.35 to 08.55am $6
CTE, from Balestier Road 8.05 to 08.30am $4
8.30 to 08.35am $5
8.35 to 08.55am $6
CTE, southbound after Serangoon Road (and PIE)  8.30 to 9am $5
KPE Southbound, after Defu Flyover   8.05 to 08.55am $4

These 4 ERP gantries are the only ones that charge over $4, but only in the morning. The other gantries are between $0.50 to $3.

As you can see, the rates gradually increase and decrease, so the only way to “siam” is to either take another route or drive through it one to two hours before or after the ERP operating hours.

Typically, ERP rates are higher from 8am to 9am, because that’s when most of Singapore is driving to work. Do note that these rates are for cars only. Higher/lower rates are expected for bigger vehicles and motorcycles respectively.

For your reference, here are the links to the latest ERP rates for cars:

 

ERP fines & “administrative fee” ($10 to $70)

Perhaps your cashcard ran out of money, or your IU is faulty. Whatever the case, if you drive through the ERP toll gate and money doesn’t get deducted, it is a violation of traffic rules.

Technically, failing to pay is only an offence if you fail to make payment within 2 weeks, but that doesn’t mean you won’t be penalised. After missing payment, you will receive a reminder in the mail asking you to O$P$. You will have to pay the ERP rate + $10 administrative fee. If you make payment online via the following channels, the admin fee is reduced to $8:

  • LTA’s ONE.MOTORING website
  • SGQR
  • AXS stations
  • Self-service Automated Machines (SAMs) at post offices
  • vPost
  • Automated teller machines (ATM)
  • Internet banking services

The 2-week deadline is pretty damn strict, so make sure you don’t miss it. If you do, prepare to get slapped with a $70 fine + a Notice of Traffic Offence. If after 28 days you still don’t want to pay, the matter will be referred to court.

 

ERP fine appeal tips

Unlike speeding and parking offences that force drivers to come up with tragic sob stories, it seems that it’s quite easy to appeal for your ERP fine to be waived. In fact, forumers actually recommend you skip the grandfather stories – just write in to LTA and ask for a waiver.

Apparently, many drivers have appealed more than once and successfully got their fines waived multiple times. However, this seems to be the case only for the “admin fee” fine, which is reasonable. If you “tio saman” and still refuse to pay within 2 weeks, then you really deserve the $70 fine lah.

 

What do you think of the ERP system in Singapore? Tell us in the comments below!

 

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