SINGAPORE - The Land Transport Authority (LTA) has called a tender on Wednesday to develop Singapore's next generation electronic road pricing system.
The new system will be based on Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) technology.
LTA has shortlisted three consortia to participate in the upcoming tender to develop the next generation road pricing system. They are NCS Pte Ltd & MHI Engine System Asia Pte Ltd, ST Electronics (Info-Comm Systems) Pte Ltd, and Watchdata Technologies Pte Ltd & Beijing Watchdata System Co Ltd.
The contract to design and develop the system is expected to be awarded in the second half of 2015.
Following an 18-month System Evaluation Test (SET) that concluded in Dec 2012, LTA said that it has found that it is technologically feasible to develop a GNSS-based road pricing system in Singapore.
According to LTA, this new system will overcome the constraints of physical gantries, which are costly and take up land space.
"In addition, it is not practical to continue with the current gantry system, which is almost two decades old and will become increasingly expensive and difficult to maintain," said LTA in a media statement.
The GNSS-based system will be able to implement distance-based pricing along the congested roads where road pricing is to be implemented. Distance-based pricing as opposed to the current gantry-based system, is supposed to be more equitable as motorists will be charged proportionate to the distance travelled on these congested roads.
With the GNSS-based system, motorists can also look forward to an interactive and intelligent on-board unit (OBU) in their vehicle that can support a range of value-added services such as real-time traffic information tailored to their location, as well as electronic payment for parking fees without today's paper coupons.
As for off-peak car users, LTA said it is considering new policies, which may allow them to pay only for using their vehicles for short periods rather than the whole day, or for using them only on uncongested roads.
LTA aims to implement the new system from around 2020.