JOHOR BARU – Several car wash outlets in the city have experienced a decline in business following the toll increase on both sides of the Causeway.
On Aug 1, Malaysia introduced a new toll at the JB Custom, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) checkpoint, a move reciprocated by Singaporeâ€™s Woodlands Checkpoint on Oct 1.
The new toll affected all classes of vehicles except motorcycles.
â€œBefore the hike, we used to receive about 100 Singapore cars daily, but we are only getting about 50 or even less daily,â€ said BanÂglaÂdeshi worker Naseer, 35.
He said most of their Singaporean customers at the outlet, which operates round-the-clock in Taman Pelangi, were regulars.
He said car wash outlets in Taman Pelangi and Taman Sri Tebrau were favoured because customers could patronise nearby eateries and clubs while their cars were being washed.
Another Bangladeshi worker, Hassanul, 25, who works at a car wash just next to Naseerâ€™s, said business at the outlet had declined by 30% to 50% since August.
â€œNow, our regular customers from Singapore send their cars for washing on weekends or when there is a long holiday there, unÂÂlike two to three visits in a week previously,â€ he said.
A Singaporean, who wanted to be known only as James, said he had cut his visits to Johor Baru to shop, dine and meet friends to once a month, down from four times that he used to do before the new toll rates took effect.
He said it was still cheaper to have his car washed in Johor Baru at RM10 compared to the RM25 (S$10) charged in Singapore. – The Star Online