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Introduced in 1998 to both ease and lessen traffic during peak hours, Electronic Road Pricing, or ERP was an upgrade of its 1975 predecessor, the Area Licensing Scheme (ALS), which aimed to reduce traffic congestion specifically in the CBD. Today, the ERP has become crucial in managing road congestion in Singapore – Drivers are charged whenever they pass under an ERP gantry during its operational hours, and this encourages drivers to take less congested routes, alternative means of transport, or to schedule their travel during non-peak hours. So, if you’re new to Singapore, welcome! We bet you’ll soon be grumbling about ERP rates like the rest of us. But before you start getting on the road, what do you need to prepare to be ready for our ERP gantries? We’ve got the answers – Here’s how to pay your ERP charges in Singapore:
1. Singapore-registered vehicles
It is compulsory for all Singapore-registered vehicles to install an IU (In-car unit) to drive through ERP gantries across the expressway, arterial roads, and city cordons alike. The cost of installing an IU in your vehicle is SGD $155.80 (Inclusive of 7% GST). Similarly, IU inspection centres charge around a $15 fee for the removal of an IU.
2. Foreign-registered vehicles
Foreign-registered vehicles, including goods-vehicles, taxis and buses, can either install an IU at any LTA-authorised inspection centre, or rent a unit from Woodlands or Tuas Checkpoints.
3. List of IU centres
All IU centres are open from Monday to Saturday, 8.00am to 5.00pm unless stated otherwise, and are conveniently located in 14 different locations around Singapore.
|Type of IU Centre||Address||Contact / Notes|
|JIC||JIC Inspection Services Pte Ltd (Jurong) 53 Pioneer Road Singapore 628505||Tel: 6863 9639|
|JIC Inspection Services Pte Ltd (Ang Mo Kio) 21 Ang Mo Kio Street 63 Singapore 569118||Tel : 6484 7370|
|STA||STA Inspection Pte Ltd (Sin Ming) 302 Sin Ming Road Singapore 575627||Tel : 6452 1398|
|STA Inspection Pte Ltd (Boon Lay) 249 Jalan Boon Lay Singapore 619523||Tel: 6261 6178|
|VICOM||VICOM Inspection Centre Pte Ltd (Bukit Batok) 511 Bukit Batok Street 23 Singapore 659545||Tel : 6458 4555|
|VICOM Inspection Centre Pte Ltd (Changi) 20 Changi North Crescent Singapore 499613||Tel : 6458 4555|
|VICOM Inspection Centre Pte Ltd (Kaki Bukit) 23 Kaki Bukit Avenue 4 Singapore 415933||Tel : 6458 4555|
|VICOM Inspection Centre Pte Ltd (Yishun) 501 Yishun Industrial Pk A Singapore 768732||Tel : 6458 4555|
|VICOM Inspection Centre Pte Ltd (Sin Ming) 385 Sin Ming Drive Singapore 575718||Tel: 6458 4555|
|Others||Indeco Engineers Pte Ltd||Tel: 6382 8276 Please call for enquiries. Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 8.30am – 5.45pm (Closed on PHs)|
|Lian Hup Heng Motor LLP Blk 1 Woodlands Road 387D Yew Tee Industrial Estate Singapore 678021||Tel: 6760 2153 Opening hours: Monday to Friday 8.30am – 6.00pm Saturday 8.00am – 5.00pm (Closed on PHs)|
|Five Luck Enterprise Blk 127 Bukit Merah Lane 1 #01-226 Singapore 150127||Tel: 62781133 Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 9.30am – 5.00pm (Closed on PHs)|
|Leader Automobile Workshop 2 Kaki Bukit Avenue 2, #02-01 Kaki Bukit AutoHub Singapore 417921||Tel: 66358338 / 67466931 Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 9.30am – 5.00pm Closed on PHs|
|Soon Heng Taximeters Service Blk 28 Sin Ming Drive #01-157 Singapore 575702||Tel: 65534607 (For Taxis Only)|
4. Modes of payment
Currently, there are two modes of payment for ERP charges when driving through an ERP gantry: You can pay using a stored-value card like a NETS CashCard, NETS FlashPay Card or EZ-Link CEPAS Card. ERP charges are automatically deducted from your card as long as it’s inserted properly in your IU, so do ensure there is sufficient value in your card before getting on the road. If you would like the hassle-free experience of not having to top up your card, you can use services like Motorpay, Virtual CashCard or EZ-Pay:
|Virtual CashCard (vCashCard)||$0.50 for each top-up
Fee waived for:
|EZ-Pay||Free of charge
5. ERP violations and fine payments
If you do not pay your ERP charges due to reasons such as an expired or improperly inserted card, insufficient card balance, or a defective IU, you will be notified of your violation within a few days, and will be charged an additional administrative fee. We know paying fines is never fun, but to make things slightly better, you could possibly knock $2 off your administrative fee by making your fine payment online, via an AXS e-station or m-station, using a SAM kiosk, or through ATM, mobile or Internet Banking. That’s a lot of options, if you ask us. We hope this article gives you a much better idea of how ERP works – Whether it comes to IUs, MotorPay, or AXS Stations, you now know exactly how to pay your ERP charges in Singapore. If you would like more information on ERP gantries and rates in Singapore, look no further (link to other ERP article).