Drivers can install ERP 2.0 processing units in the driver’s footwell and deactivate card payment via a button: LTA, Singapore News

Some improvements will be made to the new on-board unit (OBU) for the ERP 2.0 system, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) said on Thursday (May 2).

This is due to feedback from drivers that placing the processing unit in the left passenger glove box made it difficult for them to reach the Cepas card (such as the Nets FlashPay card, Nets Motoring Card or EZ-Link Motoring Card).

In its press release this Thursday, LTA reported that since April 19 this year they introduced a button on the touch screen so that drivers can press it and deactivate their Cepas card without removing it from the processing unit.

This allows them to use their free parking ticket in the car park.

If the driver forgets to reactivate the card after leaving the parking lot, this will not affect your ERP payments as the correct amount will still be deducted from the card balance when the vehicle arrives at an active ERP gantry.

The installation of the OBU began with a group of early adopters in August 2023, and so far, more than 18,000 vehicles have installed the OBU, LTA said.

“We have received helpful feedback from early adopters and have made several improvements to OBU features and the installation process to improve user options, convenience and safety,” the transportation authority said.

Free Nets card for those who install OBU

Previously, some motorists have also commented that some car parks do not have an Electronic Parking System (EPS), which forces drivers to withdraw their bank card and touch the Cepas porch.

To address this issue, Nets will provide a complimentary Nets Motoring Card to all drivers who install the OBU.

Motorists could use these cards in parking lots without EPS, without having to remove their card from the processing unit.

To support vehicle owners, LTA said its service ambassadors will be present at vehicle showrooms and workshops to guide motorists, instructing them on how to register for low-balance car top-ups for their Cepas card.

Drivers will also have the option to choose where they want to install their processing unit and touch screen.

LTA’s recommendation is that the processing unit be installed in the footwell of the driver or front passenger.

“However, in some car models, these locations may not be feasible. In such cases, owners may also opt for other locations within the vehicle, subject to safety and technical feasibility considerations,” LTA said.

The LTA also said it has received positive feedback from early adopters of OBU safety notices when driving in school zones, silver zones and during bus lane hours.

LTA said they are working with the Traffic Police to expand these notifications. And these updates will be deployed “over the air” after the OBUs are installed, meaning drivers don’t need to take their vehicles to workshops to receive them.

The processing unit may be under the driver’s footwell

Last week, a TikTok video showing a driver The struggle to reach the processing unit placed under the glove compartment of the passenger seat went viral.

With the card reader in front of the passenger door, the man had to struggle, fumbling as he tried to insert the card.

“Who is the champion who came up with this idea?” he asked. The video was uploaded by Ignition Labs last Friday (April 26).

The LTA had said in March that motorists should make two decisions when installing OBU in their vehicles: whether they want the touchscreen and where they prefer its processing unit to be placed.

For the three-piece OBU, the touch screen is optional, as smartphones can be connected instead, while the location of the processing unit must be “technically feasible.”

Depending on the make and model of the car, the processing unit may be placed in locations such as under the glove box, under the driver’s footwell, or in the passenger’s footwell.

The unit cannot be placed on top of a car’s dashboard because temperatures inside a car can rise, posing a risk to the unit, the authority previously explained.

To facilitate this change, service ambassadors will be present at authorized workshops to help drivers familiarize themselves with the OBU.,l=es

More vehicles will receive OBUs later this year

The first phase of OBU installation began in company vehicles last November.

The next phase of installation began on Wednesday (May 1), and all newly registered vehicles came pre-equipped with an OBU.

Motorists who already own motorcycles will also receive notifications about their installation period starting Wednesday.

The installation of the new OBU will be free for all motorcycle owners but must be carried out within the stipulated period of two months.

Owners of other vehicles will be progressively notified for installation later this year.

Singapore is replacing the current ERP system, which has been in use for 25 years, with a new one based on the global navigation satellite system.

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