BATU PAHAT - There are plans to increase the frequency and capacity of the Tebrau Shuttle in an effort to reduce the growing number of vehicles commuting between Malaysia and Singapore via the Causeway.
Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Ab Aziz Kaprawi said the Government was in the midst of increasing the train service's rolling stops to ferry more passengers to and fro between JB Sentral and Woodlands Station in Singapore.
"We are in the midst of planning and identifying the suitable number of trips and passenger capacity that should be increased to accommodate the demands.
"The additional services are expected to commence next year," he told reporters during the Johor state-level Jom JPJ programme in Parit Yaani yesterday.
Ab Aziz said a gateless gantry system synchronised with a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tracker system will be installed at Immigration checks to further decrease the congestion on the Causeway.
"The new scanning system can be utilised by VEP-registered vehicles travelling between the two countries, as we will allocate special lanes for it.
"The vehicles will be scanned within seconds and they will not have to pass through manual Customs checks, which will help to ease traffic flow," he said, adding that the system would be introduced soon.
It was reported by The Star that traffic in Johor Baru came to a standstill on Thursday morning as close to 120,000 vehicles headed into Singapore through the Bangunan Sultan Iskandar Customs, Immigration and Quarantine Complex (CIQ) in view of the holiday season.
In a separate matter, Ab Aziz clarified that the Road Transport Department (JPJ) will be experiencing a four-day system shutdown to allow for upgrade works, in line with its preparations to integrate its system with local councils nationwide.
"We need the four days to conduct the necessary upgrading works to tally and synchronise our system with some 12 local councils.
"With a common database, it would be easier for us and the local councils to effectively identify and take action on traffic offenders," he added.