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Tuesday July 22, 2008

‘No stop’ toll trials to begin in November

KUALA LUMPUR: Trials on a multi-free flow toll system will start in November with the Sungai Penchala toll plaza on the LDP being the test site.

Motorists will not need to slow down, as is the case with the current infrared SmartTag system, since there will not be any boom gates.

Malaysian Highway Authority director-general Datuk Mohamad Razali Othman said about a hundred regular users of the LDP would be selected for the first stage of the trial, set to begin in the third week of November.

The new system uses microwaves to read the onboard units in cars, enabling users to pass through a toll gantry without having to stop.

“The gantry is capable of reading onboard units even if the vehicle were travelling at 180kph,” said Works Minister Datuk Mohd Zin Mohamed, adding that the trial will be fully sponsored by Mitsubishi.

Mohamad Razali said that while about 800-1,000 cars could pass through a SmartTag lane per hour, the new system would enable double that amount to pass through.

“For the trial, we will only be using one lane. It will be able to read both SmartTag and the new onboard unit,” he said.

“However, before we migrate over we need to figure out how to go after those who don’t have onboard units but pass through the trial lane anyway.”

Earlier, Mohd Zin delivered a keynote speech at the ‘Globalisation of Young Malaysian Professionals – A Future Perspective’ seminar

He said that it was important for young Malaysian engineering and architectural professionals to realise that they could contribute to the country, add value to themselves, then market their skills globally.

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