A Singaporean's Guide to ERP Rates, Gantries & Operating Hours in Singapore (October 2020)
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A Singaporean's Guide to ERP Rates, Gantries & Operating Hours in Singapore (October 2020)

Kenneth Fong
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If you’re a driver or someone who takes taxis and uses ride-hailing services regularly.

The biggest bane that you face is the Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) charge.

With ERP rates varying anywhere between $0.50 to as high as $6.

Kermit Drive Car In Disbelief
Source: Tenor

Yep.

There’s a reason why we’re the most expensive city in the world since 2014.

The small reprieve we get is that ERP rates and charges are reviewed every quarter.

And we usually see these adjustments during the June and December holiday period.

But now that we’re in Phase 2, ERP rates will be reviewed every five weeks instead.

So what are the latest ERP rates?

Let’s find out!


TL;DR: Changes in ERP Rates in Singapore 2020

We’ve been enjoying $0 ERP rates since 22 June 2020… (yay!)

But depending on traffic conditions, the LTA will eventually revert to the pre-COVID-19 ERP gantry prices to manage traffic (sian…).

Because more people are returning to work.

The traffic volume has continued to build up during weekday peak periods.

And inevitably, this has led to congestions along the CTE during the morning and evening rush hour.

So naturally, the LTA is applying ERP charges at selected CTE gantries to manage this.

Seedly ERP Rates Gantries Operating Hours October 2020

Here’re the results from the LTA’s latest ERP rate review post-Circuit Breaker:

 

ERP Rates w.e.f. 12 October 2020

Time Period
Expressway Gantries
Bukit Timah Expressway (BKE)$0All Times
Ayer Rajah Expressway (AYE) - Before Alexandra towards City
ECP (City) & KPE Slip Road onto ECP (2 gantries)
MCE Westbound before exit to Maxwell Road and on slip road to Marina Coastal Drive (2 gantries)
PIE (Kallang Bahru) and PIE slip road into Bendemeer (2 gantries)
Westbound PIE before Eunos Link
Arterial Gantries
Bendemeer Road$0All Times
Dunearn Road (2 gantries)
Geylang Road
Geylang Bahru
Kallang Bahru
Thomson Road
Woodsville Tunnel
City Cordons
Orchard Cordon$0All Times
Bugis-Marina Centre Cordon
Shenton Way-Chinatown Cordon
AYE
After Jurong Hall towards City
(3 gantries)
$07:00am – 7:30am
7:30am – 8:00am
8:00am – 8:30am
8:30am – 9:00am
9:00am – 9:30am
5:30pm – 6:00pm
6:00pm – 6:30pm
6:30pm – 7:00pm
Southbound CTE
Before Braddell Road$07:00am – 7:30am
$18:00am – 8:30am
8:30am – 9:00am
After Braddell Road & PIE Slip Road into Southbound CTE (4 gantries)$07:00am – 7:30am
7:30am – 8:00am
8:00am – 8:30am
$1 (increase by $1)8:30am – 9:00am
$1 (increase by $1)9:00am – 9:30am
Auxiliary lane to PIE (Changi) / Serangoon Road$17:30am – 8:00am
Northbound CTE
After PIE
(2 gantries)
$3 (increase by $1)6:00pm – 6:30pm
$26:30pm – 7:00pm
Before PIE$07:00pm – 8:00pm
Eastbound ECP
Before KPE$06:30pm – 7:00pm
7:00pm – 7:30pm
MCE Eastbound
Before exit to Central Boulevard and at slip road from Marina Boulevard
(2 gantries)
$06:00pm – 6:30pm
6:30pm – 7:00pm
7:00pm – 7:30pm
PIE
Adam Road & Mount Pleasant Road
(2 gantries)
$08:00am – 9:00am
9:00am – 9:30am
5:30pm – 6:00pm
6:00pm – 6:30pm
6:30pm – 7:00pm
7:00pm – 7:30pm
KPE
Southbound after Defu Flyover$07:00am – 8:00am
8:00am – 9:00am
9:00am – 9:30am

ERP rates at ALL other gantries will remain at $0 or at their previously announced rates until the next review in the last week of October 2020.

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And as promised, here are the best hacks to avoid ERP fines:

 EZ-PayMotorPayNets Contactless CashCardNets vCashCard
Subscription Fee$0$1.07 per month$5
(one-time fee for the Contactless CashCard)
$0
(if you already have a CashCard)
Top-Up Fee$0$0$0.30
(via Nets bank cards)

$0.50
(via cash, credit or debit cards)
$0.50

Note: waived for AMEX, DBS/POSB and UOB cardholders
Can Pay For Carpark Charges?Yes
(not all)
NoYesYes
Bank Cards Accepted For PaymentCitibank
DBS/ POSB
Credit or debit cards from local banksDBS/ POSB
OCBC
UOB
AMEX
DBS/ POSB
OCBC
UOB
ConsAvailable to Citibank and DBS/POSB customers onlySubscription fee is charged even if service is not used for the monthNot all carparks accept Contactless CashCards$0.50 top-up fee

Take this time to get these payment systems sorted out so once the ERPs start charging (islandwide) again.

You won’t find yourself in a situation where you’ll be slapped with an unnecessary ERP fine.


An Introduction to the ERP System

The ERP system is basically the government’s way of managing road congestion.

ERP Gantry
Source: Straits Times

Whenever you pass through an ERP gantry during its operational hours, you will incur charges.

The ERP is to encourage drivers to:

  • seek alternative routes to their destination
  • travel outside ERP operation hours, or
  • take public transport

This coupled with our high Certificate Of Entitlement and crazy petrol prices.

It’s basically the government subtly hinting, “Eh… Don’t drive lah…”

So… Where Will I Find ERP Gantries?

You’ll mostly find ERP gantries all over the Orchard cordon as well as the rest of the Central Business District.

That might not sound like a huge area but get this.

There are a total of 93 ERP gantries in operation — as of the time of writing.

Kermit Frustrated
Source: Tenor

ERP Rates in Singapore

The amount of ERP charge you pay depends on two things: your vehicle type and what time you pass the gantry.

Bigger vehicle types usually pay more.

For cars, in general, the ERP rates vary from anywhere between $0.50 to as high as $6.

As a rule of thumb, ERP charges are the highest from 8am to 9am because that’s when everyone is heading to work.

ERP Operating Hours and ERP Rate Reviews

ERP operating hours are only from Mondays to Saturdays.

And start as early as 8am until as late as 8pm.

The time periods are set in 30-minute or 1-hour intervals.

The only saving grace is that there are no ERP charges on Sundays and all public holidays.

Oh, you’ll also be pleased to note that the ERP also stops operating at 1 pm onwards on:

  • Chinese New Year
  • Christmas Day
  • Deepavali
  • Eve of New Year’s Day
  • Hari Raya Puasa

Otherwise, the rates are reviewed once every quarter and also during June and December school holidays (read: kids don’t need to be sent to school and families are usually on vacation):

  • January (for February to April)
  • April (for May)
  • May (for June)
  • August (for September to November)
  • November (for December)

The reviews usually affect the following ERP gantries:

  • AYE after North Buona Vista Road (towards Tuas)
  • AYE after Jurong Town Hall
  • CTE before Braddell Road
  • CTE after Braddell Road
  • CTE slip road to PIE
  • CTE southbound after Serangoon Road (and PIE)
  • ECP (City)
  • Kallang Road
  • KPE after Defu Flyover
  • PIE after Adam Road and Mount Pleasant
  • PIE Bendemeer Road and Woodsville Tunnel
  • Thomson Road

If you’re kiasu like me.

I usually check the LTA Newsroom to get the latest updates on ERP rate changes.

Can I Don’t Pay for ERP Charges?

CAN…

Just be ready to pay an ERP violation fine instead.

As long as you pass a gantry and did not pay your ERP charges due to:

  • defective IU
  • expired CashCard
  • improperly inserted CashCard
  • insufficient value in CashCard

You’ll hear a long beep emanating from your car’s IU unit.

Kermit Freaking Out
Source: Tenor

After that, you’ll receive a notification within a couple of days notifying you to make payment within 2 weeks.

Here’re the ERP violations and accompanying fines at a glance:

ERP ViolationFineDemerit Points
Passing through ERP gantry with:

improperly inserted stored-value card

OR

insufficient value in stored-value card
ERP charge + $10 admin fee-
Evasion of ERP charges (eg. stopping on the road shoulder to wait for ERP charges to be lifted)$130 to $160 + $10 admin fee4

FYI: You can save $2 by paying for your violation through:

  • One.Motoring
  • AXS station, e-Station, m-Station
  • S.A.M kiosks
  • iNETS kiosks
  • Internet or electronic banking

If you fail to pay within 2 weeks, you’ll be slapped with a $70 fine and a Notice of Traffic Offence.

And if you still don’t pay after 28 days, you’ll be invited to attend a court hearing.

Long story, short?

JUST PAY LAH.

Hacks To Avoid An ERP Fine

The best way to avoid paying an ERP fine is to make sure that you always have a fully topped up, functioning CashCard that is properly inserted into your IU unit.

But a smarter way would be to automate this just in case you ever forget or can’t find a functioning Nets Top-Up machine nearby.

Here are four simple hacks to avoid EVER having to pay an ERP fine.

1) EZ-Pay

EZ-Pay How It Works
Source: EZ-Pay

EZ-Pay is a post-paid, cardless payment service by EZ-Link.

It’s a free service to use.

Basically, it allows you to use your bank credit or debit cards to pay for ERP and parking charges.

Simply register for an EZ-Pay account with your vehicle number and NRIC/FIN number.

Add the details of your preferred credit or debit card.

Note: only VISA and MasterCard credit or debit cards issued by Citibank and POSB/DBS are accepted for now.

An email with the effective start date of EZ-Pay for your vehicle will be sent to you within 2 working days.

Even if you forget to insert a card into the IU or have insufficient value, the ERP charge will simply be deducted from your EZ-Pay account!

2) MotorPay

MotorPay
Source: MotorPay

MotorPay is a post-paid, cardless payment service created by LTA and DBS.

Subscription costs $1.07 a month, and it allows you to pay your ERP charges via a credit or debit card.

This subscription fee is applicable even if you do not use MotorPay for the month.

You can register for a MotorPay account online with:

  • Vehicle number
  • 10-digit IU number
  • Your NRIC or passport number

An email with the effective start date of MotorPay for your vehicle will be sent to you within 7 working days.

If your CashCard is in the IU when passing through a gantry, the ERP charge will be deducted from the CashCard.

If your CashCard has insufficient value, the full ERP amount will be charged to the credit card you registered.

3) Nets Contactless Cashcard

NETS Contactless CashCard
Source: Nets

You can purchase a Nets Contactless CashCard at:

  • Convenience stores (eg. 7-11 and Cheers) for $10 (inclusive of $5 stored value)
  • NETS Online Sales Portal for $5 (not inclusive of stored value)
  • VICOM for $10 (inclusive of $5 stored value)

Then all you have to do is heads to the NETS website and register for Auto Top-Up.

Whenever your Contactless Cashcard’s balance is insufficient, it will automatically be topped up with your stipulated amount.

This way, you’ll never forget to top-up your cashcard or have to look for a NETS Top-Up machine to do so.

Note: some carpark aren’t equipped to read Contactless Cashcards yet so you’ll still need to have a chip-based Cashcard just in case

4) Nets vCashCard

Nets vCashCard
Source: Nets

Virtual CashCard (vCashCard) is a pre-paid, cashless payment service.

It’s a free service to use.

But a $0.50 top-up fee is charged for each auto top-up of $50 (fixed amount).

Note: only AMEX, VISA, and MasterCard credit or debit cards are accepted for now.

For DBS/POSB, UOB, and AMEX cardholders, the top-up fee is waived until further notice.

All you have to do is register for a vCashCard account and top it up with your registered credit or debit card, or bank account.

If your CashCard is in the IU when passing through a gantry, the ERP charge will be deducted from the CashCard.

If your CashCard has insufficient value, the full ERP amount will be deducted from the vCashCard that you registered.

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