ERP fines are punctuated by a dreaded long beep emanating from your car’s IU unit.
The quick “beeps” heard as you pay to use certain stretches of roads at certain times are annoying.
But the ERP fine is much more irritating.
Here are a few ways you can avoid getting that summons from LTA.
1) Avoid ERP fines tip#1: Get a contactless cashcard and sign-up for Auto Top-Up.
When you register your contactless cashcard under this scheme, you can leave it in your car’s IU and never have to worry again.
Your cashcard will automatically get topped up with your pre-set value when you pass through a gantry and there’s not enough stored value.
There is a downside, though.
Some carparks are not equipped to read contactless cashcards.
If these contactless cards are all you carry, you run the risk of being stuck inside an older carpark until you can purchase a chip-based cashcard and top it up.
2) Avoid ERP fines tip#2: Sign up for MotorPay
Apart from registering your contactless cashacard, you can also avoid ERP fines by registering your vehicle IU number and credit card with MotorPay.
ERP charges are billed to your credit card.
So, you don’t have to worry about not having a cashcard or having insufficient value when you’re driving.
Motorpay has several cons, though.
First, the system currently only works with DBS credit cards.
Secondly, there is also a monthly subscription fee.
3) Prove that your IU unit is faulty
The only other way to get out of an ERP fine is to prove that your IU unit is faulty.
However, you’ll have to go to a vehicle inspection centre to verify this.
If you can prove it, then appealing to the LTA should be successful.