We refer to Mr Mahinder Singh’s letter “ERP payments: Give grace period” (Straits Times, 17 October).
The Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) system is designed to deduct ERP charges at the point of usage via a stored-value card. If the in-vehicle unit (IU) is detected without a card or when there is insufficient value in the card, the collection of the ERP charges will have to go through additional processes which involve back-end checking, processing and subsequent collection of the charges through other channels. The administrative fee was meant to recover these additional costs incurred.
Currently, motorists can opt to pay their ERP charges via credit card when they sign up for the MotorPay scheme. For motorists using the new dual mode IU, they can also sign up for automatic top up of their CEPAS-compliant cards, such as EZLink or FlashPay cards, whenever there is insufficient balance to make payment. Such schemes ensure that motorists do not have to worry about non-payment of ERP.
Besides these payment schemes, we are also working on providing alternative means to allow motorists to pay ERP charges.
We thank Mr Singh for his suggestion.
Helen Lim (Ms)
Director, Media Relations
Land Transport Authority