IT’S the end of the school holidays and PLUS Malaysia Bhd expects heavy traffic on its highways this weekend.
To help motorist plan their travels, PLUS has announced a staggered driving schedule to help ensure smoother traffic flow on the highways during peak travelling periods.
Obviously. PLUS wants its customers to be happy when using the highway. Some quarters think the company can do a lot more to provide for a more pleasant driving experience.
Tan Sri Halim Saad believes PLUS can do away with future toll hikes and still maintain a high standard of service. To do this, he needs to gain control of PLUS, the company he helped build up.
But his latest offer to take over the highway concessionaire, his second attempt since 2011, was turned down by the Government.
While the Government has its own reason not to consider Halim’s offer, it would not be wise to dismiss his idea to implement a more consumer-friendly toll scheme.
It was reported earlier this month that a proposal to restructure highway toll rates will be submitted to the National Economic Action Council for consideration.
This came about following discussions and feedbacks obtained by the Government from highway concessionaires.
Future toll hikes, if there is any, would probably be implemented next year at the earliest, as the Government in February announced a halt on toll rate adjustment this year.
In the meantime, there is nothing to stop suitors to come in with proposals for PLUS.
Perhaps, it could be even third time a charm for Halim, if he can prove that he has the means to carry out his proposal.