OMG, satellite-based ERP is really coming. Here’s what all drivers must know


Last Updated on 2016-05-18 , 4:55 pm

Omg, nightmares of Singapore drivers is slated to arrive soon. The satellite-based ERP is real, and our days of trying to hiong past the old system of ERP is probably not going to work anymore. The new ERP system has an island wide coverage, so no stopping before physical gantries and waiting for the fees to fall. Sounds scary? Maybe. Here’s what you have to know as a driver in Singapore.

Implementing in 2020
The new ERP system will come into existence in 2020 and all drivers will have to change their current in-vehicle unit to a sophisticated, smartphone-sized on board unit. This smartphone-sized onboard unit would be able to alert the drivers of all impending ERP charges that the drivers have to go through and real time traffic information. Therefore, drivers will be better able to decide if they should leave the car at home or to drive.

Changing of in vehicle unit
Like what we stated in #1, drivers willd have to change their in-vehicle unit to a smartphone-sized on board unit that is able to provide traffic conditions as well as the impending ERP charges. The first unit and installation would be free so be sure not to miss it. And if you think without the on board unit you won’t have to pay ERP anymore, think twice because the fine will not be worth it. We’re a fine city, remember?

Distance-based charging
Distance-based charging would also be introduced for the first time after the setting up of the new ERP system. This means that there might be higher charges for vehicles that clock higher mileages, such as bus operators and taxi drivers. The date for the actual implementation of the distance-based charging remains unclear and undecided.

No more physical gantries
There would be no more physical gantries. Instead, the new onboard unit will inform you about the charges ahead of time.

Transition period
There would be 18 months of transition period for the drivers to get used to the new system. Most drivers would probably use this period to test the system.

Different modes of payment
There would be a slot in the onboard unit for CEPAS card, drivers may also opt for GIRO or be billed to their credit or debit card. So many ways to pay, now you got no excuses already.