Full elec­tronic toll trans­ac­tions to be­gin on April 26

New Straits Times - - News -

ALL toll trans­ac­tions on all PLUS-op­er­ated high­ways can only be made via PLUSMiles cards, Touch ‘n Go cards and SmartTAGs from April 26, on­wards, as cash toll trans­ac­tions will no longer be ac­cepted, from the date.

PLUS man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Datuk Az­man Is­mail said the fi­nal phase of the full elec­tronic toll trans­ac­tion ini­tia­tive will in­volve 71 more toll plazas be­tween Juru and Sku­dai on the North-South Ex­press­way.

“Be­gin­ning April 26, all toll plazas on PLUS-op­er­ated high­ways will be fully elec­tronic. The same ini­tia­tive was suc­cess­fully im­ple­mented in stages at sev­eral other lo­ca­tions along the main­line since 2008,” he said.

Based on records, cur­rently 94 per cent of the to­tal num­ber of users ply­ing the Juru-Sku­dai stretch have been pay­ing elec­tron­i­cally, he added.

“As such, we ad­vise high­way users who have yet to get the elec­tronic cards to pur­chase their cards at all PLUS cus­tomer ser­vice cen­tres along the high­way be­fore April 26,” Az­man said.

He said that pay­ing toll elec­tron­i­cally is much faster and eas­ier than pay­ing by cash.

“A SmartTAG and a Touch ‘n Go lane can ac­com­mo­date up to 1,000 and 600 trans­ac­tions re­spec­tively in an hour. An Exit Cash lane, on the other hand, can only cater to 180 trans­ac­tions per hour,” he ex­plained.

Az­man also added that in im­ple­ment­ing the ini­tia­tive, PLUS also takes cog­nizance of

FILE PIC what had hap­pened in the past and are ag­gres­sively work­ing to­wards en­sur­ing min­i­mal or zero down­time.

High­way users wel­comed the move, cit­ing the ease of trans­ac­tion, time saved and a smoother jour­ney.

Mohd Akhib Mohd Hashim from Alor Star views the move as part of an ef­fort to fa­cil­i­tate smoother toll trans­ac­tions at toll plazas.

“As an Elec­tronic Toll Col­lec­tion sys­tem user, I can avoid long queues at toll plazas. It saves my time and I hope that PLUS will open up more SmartTAG lanes at the toll plazas,” he said.

Isma Suhaila Is­mail from Ayer Keroh hopes that the move can help re­duce traf­fic con­ges­tion at the Ayer Keroh toll plaza on week­ends and long hol­i­days.

Be­gin­ning April 26, all toll plazas on PLUS-op­er­ated high­ways will be fully elec­tronic.

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