BUTTERWORTH: The Government will not extend the deadline for highway concessionaire companies to use the Touch 'n Go electronics toll collection system next month.
Deputy Works Minister Datuk Mohamed Khaled Nordin said the June 1 deadline remains and concessionaires must stop using their respective electronic toll collection system after the deadline and start collecting cash if they had yet to convert to Touch 'n Go.
He said the Government had agreed to extend the previous deadline from Jan 1 to June 1 following requests from these companies.
“They had ample time to convert their systems to Touch 'n Go and these companies must collect cash from motorists at their toll plazas after the deadline.
“However, the Works Minister (Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu) will have the final say on whether any extension period would be given to them,” he said after witnessing the signing of the service provider agreement between Rangkaian Segar Sdn Bhd (RSSB) and Konsortium Lebuhraya Butterworth-Kulim Sdn Bhd (KLBK) yesterday.
Signing on behalf of RSSB was chairman Datuk Yahya Yaacob and KLBK was represented by its chairman Tan Sri Wan Abdul Rahman Wan Yaacob.
Rangkaian Segar is the owner and operator of the Touch 'n Go system while KLBK is the operator of the Butterworth-Kulim Expressway (BKE).
BKE is now the eighth expressway operator to provide the Touch 'n Go service after Metramac, PLUS, ELITE, Besraya, Prolintas, Penang Bridge and the Malaysia-Singapore Second Link.