Malaysia-Singapore Contra Lane At Sultan Abu Bakar Complex To Operate Next Week

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In an effort to enhance traffic efficiency and alleviate congestion at the Malaysia-Singapore border, Transport Minister Anthony Loke Siew Fook announced the activation of a contra lane for traffic leaving Malaysia for Singapore at the Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine Complex of Kompleks Sultan Abu Bakar (KSAB) beginning next week.

The contra lane implementation is part of a series of measures proposed by the Johor government to manage peak-hour traffic, particularly on Sundays when Singaporeans return home. The contra lane will contribute to an increase in the number of service counters from 24 to 36, with an additional 12 counters facilitating smoother travel between the two countries via the Second Link.

Loke stated, “This is among the proposals made by the Johor government for peak-hour operations to ease travel and reduce congestion.” He emphasised that the contra lane’s activation on Sundays aligns with the peak-hour traffic patterns.

To address the Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) control system and Road Charge (RC) at the contra lane, Loke explained that a mobile method would be employed temporarily. A permanent solution is expected to be implemented by the end of the fourth quarter this year at the latest. The VEP and RC systems are crucial for recording data of vehicles leaving the country via registered routes.

Loke added, “The mobile method is the best way to resolve this issue because at the moment the exit contra lane does not have a permanent system.” Approval from the Road Transport Department (JPJ), under the Ministry of Transport (MOT), is necessary for the contra lane’s implementation, and Loke noted that it is allowed on the condition that the technical issues related to the mobile method are resolved.

Johor Works, Transport, and Infrastructure Committee chairman Mohamad Fazli Mohamad Salleh expressed gratitude to the Ministry of Transport for approving the exit contra lane at KSAB. He said, “I hope this initiative can improve traffic flow on the Second Link, which has seen increased usage by various vehicles, including motorcyclists, post-COVID-19.”

The activation of the contra lane is anticipated to streamline border-crossing procedures and enhance the overall travel experience for commuters using the Second Link between Malaysia and Singapore.

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