AT noon on Jan 13, the full-fledged electronic toll payment system will take effect at 10 toll plazas on four highways in the Klang Valley.
Motorists will have to use Smart Tags, Touch ‘n Go or PLUS Miles cards at Plaza Toll Putrajaya Utama, Plaza Toll Salak Selatan and Plaza Toll Seri Kembangan, Maju Expressway; Plaza Toll Pantai Dalam, Plaza Toll PJS 5 and Plaza Toll PJS 2, New-Pantai Expressway; Plaza Toll Seri Muda and Plaza Toll Alam Impian, Kemuning Shah Alam Highway (LKSA); Plaza Toll Batu 9 and Plaza Toll Batu 11, Grand Saga Highway.
The announcement was made yesterday at the MEX Highway Sdn Bhd office in Cyberjaya.
Association of Highway Concessionaires State-Malaysia president Datuk Zainudin A. Kadir said the move enable a smoother drive for motorists.
“It is expected to reduce congestion when making payment of tolls.
“It is also in line with the Government’s initiative to promote the use of electronic systems for toll collection,” he said.
He added that all toll plazas involved would have 24-hour reload lanes.
The conversion of manual payment to electronic is an ongoing process that began in September last year.
It started on Sept 9, 2015, with 12 toll plazas at three highways -- Ampang-Kuala Lumpur Elevated Highway, Duta-Ulu Klang Expressway and the Storm Water Management and Road Tunnel.
Zainudin urged the public to obtain Touch ‘n Go cards, top it up and make sure there is enough balance when driving through the toll gates.
He added that Smart Tag users should ensure that the battery in the device was not weak.
Alternatively, those who have not received or purchased a Touch ‘n Go card can activate their MyKad if the latter has the Touch ‘n Go logo, by loading pre-paid value on it.
The four highways involved in the change have been giving out Touch n’Go cards for free since last month.
In total, 140,000 cards will be given out.
Before Jan 13, each highway concessionaire will be offering Smart Tag units at RM99 for RM20 Touch ‘n Go top up and 10% rebates for two months for all Class 1 motorists from Jan 13 to March 12.
Zainuddin said all toll plazas in the Klang Valley would be converted into the electronic toll payment system by the end of the year.