Driver 'forced' to pay toll charges for 2001

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 18 Mar 2003


MALACCA: A lorry driver who travels daily via the North-South Expressway (PLUS) to deliver chicken feed, has complained that he was “forced” to pay toll charges again for the year 2001 by its staff or produce the receipts.  

Tan Lee Siang, 36, from Machap Umboo, said he was stopped by PLUS officers at the Ayer Keroh toll booth on March 12, and was told that several lorries belonging to him which had travelled via the expressway had not cleared the toll charges two years ago. 

Tan, during a press conference held by Durian Daun state assemblyman Betty Chew on Sunday, said that he paid RM415.20 last Wednesday to settle the toll charges for seven trips made in 2001. 

“I paid because the officers withheld my identity card and lorry permits, and I want to settle the matter,” he claimed, adding that he could not produce the toll receipts as prove of payment. 

“I’m not satisfied because a trip from Ayer Keroh to the Tangkak toll costs RM6.80 but they charged me RM69 instead,” he said. 

He also claimed that PLUS officers charged him RM63 for another trip from Yong Peng to Ayer Keroh made on Dec 13, 2001. 

Tan said some of the records did not show the entry point of his lorries. 

When contacted, senior manager of PLUS corporate communication, Khalilah Mohd Talha said Tan could file a complaint to dispute the case. 

“Most of the time, these cases are due to lorry drivers exchanging their toll tickets along the expressway and we charge them based on the furthest toll plaza, or we call it end barrier,” she said. 

Khalilah also said records which did not show the entry point of a vehicle could be due to lorry drivers who did not have toll tickets.  

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