ETC for all high­ways

> Up­grades in­volve 177 toll plazas na­tion­wide by next year

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY ADRIAN PHUNG

PE­TAL­ING JAYA: All 31 high­ways na­tion­wide will be fully up­graded to the Elec­tronic Toll Col­lec­tion (ETC) by next year, said Malaysia High­way Con­ces­sion­aires As­so­ci­a­tion (PSKLM).

When it is im­ple­mented, mo­torists who pass the 2,288 toll lanes at 177 toll plazas na­tion­wide will pay the toll us­ing only their Touch ’n Go card or the SmartTag.

At present, PSKLM vice-pres­i­dent Saza­lly Saidi said 26 high­ways have al­ready im­ple­mented the ETC sys­tem and come Nov 9, two more high­ways will im­ple­ment the sys­tem.

The two high­ways are the Da­mansaraPu­chong Ex­press­way (LDP) and Se­naiDe­saru Ex­press­way (SDE) in Jo­hor in­volv­ing a to­tal of eight toll plazas.

The toll plazas in­volved are Pen­chala, Pe­tal­ing Jaya Se­la­tan, Pu­chong Barat, Pu­chong Se­la­tan, Se­nai, Ulu Ti­ram, Ca­haya Baru and Pe­nawar.

“By next Wed­nes­day, all the toll plazas in Klang Val­ley will have the ETC sys­tem,” Saza­lly said dur­ing a me­dia brief­ing yes­ter­day. He said the ETC sys­tem saw a steady in­crease in the use of Touch ’n Go cards or SmartTag de­vices.

“Ac­cord­ing to the data we have recorded, 93% of the 149 mil­lion are us­ing the ETC sys­tem and this fig­ure will in­crease when two more high­ways use the sys­tem be­gin­ning Nov 9,” he added.

As to LDP and SDE us­ing the sys­tem start­ing next Wed­nes­day, Saza­lly said both will give out a to­tal of 76,000 Touch ’n Go cards to road users for free.

SmartTag will be sold at a pro­mo­tional price of RM104.95 in­clud­ing GST at LDP and RM99 in­clud­ing GST at SDE.

An air­port per­son­nel in­spect­ing the front wheels of the plane.

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