TEMERLOH: The Malaysian Highway Authority should offer some kind of rebate to motorists using the highways during festive seasons.
In making the proposal, Lanchang assemblyman Datuk Mohd Sharkar Shamsuddin said it was because the highway concessionaires are unable to provide good and efficient services during those period. He said by extending a rebate, the company would not suffer any losses as the number of vehicles plying the route would double.
“Due to the high traffic volume, motorists would spend longer time on the road to reach their destinations.
“For example, on a normal day, we can reach Ipoh from Kuala Lumpur in less than three hours but it would need between four and five hours on holiday season.
“This is not fair to road-users who still had to pay the same toll charges but endure in a stressful and inconvenience driving journey,” he said when met after presenting aid to some 80 senior citizens and orphans in Kampung Mempatih mosque here recently.
Also present was the main sponsor for the event MTD InfraPerdana Bhd executive vice chairman Nik Fauzi Nik Hussein. Mohd Sharkar, who is also the state Information, Science, Technology and Innovation Committee chairman, said the move could also served as a social responsibility to the society and as a token for them to continue using the highways.
On a separate matter, he urged the east coast highway concessionaire to find ways to improve the stretches in terms of safety and to provide a more convenience drive.
“Based on feedback, certain stretches along the highway were found to be dangerous during a heavy downpour.
“I was told that some parts were uneven and there are many patches of water which can result in vehicles to skid,” he said.
Mohd Sharkar urged the concessionaire to monitor the situation closely and take prompt action to prevent any untoward incident.