The Straits Times reports that Singapore has, finally, announced to roll out of its ERP 2.0 On Board Units (OBUs) over then next two years. Starting in November 2023, fleet operators will get OBUs installed in their vehicles, and from no later than April 2024, new vehicles will have the new OBUs installed. Remaining vehicles in Singapore will be required to have the OBU installed based on date of registration over the subsequent two years.
Installation is estimated to take three hours for a car. All motor vehicles in Singapore will be required to have the new OBUs, including motorcycles (which have a smaller single unit OBU). Installation will be free of charge if done within a two month window specified by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) (notified to the registered vehicle owner in advance).
Payment options will remain the same including direct debit of credit or debit cards, or use of prepaid stored value cards (which can be inserted into the base unit of the OBU).
The car unit is in three components:
- Processing Unit
- Antenna Unit
- Touchscreen Display
|Singapore ERP 2.0 OBU for cars|
- Security for real-time charging transactions from prepaid stored value cards
- Reliability, given the range of smartphone models and operating systems available (including older models)
- Concern over ensuring whether an app is functioning, the smartphone is sufficiently charged and is connected to the mobile network.