With most parts of the world being affected by travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, not only are humans stuck in a place they don't want to be, a lot of vehicles have been stranded as well.
This can be seen by the amount of vehicles being transported back to Malaysia because of the pandemic.
Cannot afford to keep it in Singapore
reported that more than 5,000 cars and motorcycles belonging to Malaysians have been sent back to Malaysia from Singapore.
Quoting a report by Shin Min Daily News
, the website said that the vehicles were 'abandoned' in Singapore since the travel restrictions were imposed in March.
The cost of keeping their vehicles in Singapore is extremely pricey, as they would have to fork out money for vehicle entry permit fees and maintenance costs, as well as parking fees.
All foreign-registered vehicles are required to pay for a vehicle entry permit (VEP), which is priced at SGD4 (RM12) per day for motorcycles, and SGD35 (RM107) per day for cars.
This could prove to be extremely expensive in the long run, and as a result, many Malaysians decide to tow their vehicles back to Malaysia using towing companies.
According to the report, demand for towing services, especially for motorcycles, has increased by ten fold since May 2020.
One towing company revealed to Shin Min Daily News
that the most number of motorcycles they have to send back in a day was 120.
Well, it is definitely better to pay one shot for towing services than to keep your vehicle in Singapore.