Great news! The longest bridge in ASEAN, spanning 26.3 kilometers, is now open to foreign vehicles that weigh no more than 3,500kg. The bridge’s management committee, jointly chaired by Brunei’s Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications and Ministry of Development, recently issued a statement to this effect. Please note that private and commercial foreign vehicles in class II and V weighing over 3,500kg are not permitted to use the bridge, except those that are comparable to Brunei vehicle classes I, III, IV, VI, and XII.
“Foreign vehicles weighing over 3,500kg are advised to use the Asean Highway 150 or AH150 (via Limbang) as usual,” the announcement stated. Road users are advised to strictly observe the 100km per hour speed limit for normal vehicles and 80km per hour for commercial vehicles on the bridge. The opening of SHOAS was long awaited by Sarawakians and Sabahans looking forward to shorten travelling distance between the two states via Brunei.
The bridge spans across the Brunei Bay, connecting Temburong District to Bandar Seri Begawan and was opened ahead of schedule on March 17, 2020. But due to the Covid-19 restrictions only citizens were allowed to commute between Temburong and the rest of the sultanate while foreigners were barred from entering the country.