KUALA LUMPUR: The Government has asked Projek Lebuhraya Utara Selatan (PLUS) to consider introducing a system that allows electronic toll collection without motorists having to stop or slow down on the highway.
Works Minister Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu said PLUS had been asked to try out the scheme at two busy toll areas – Ipoh Selatan in the North and Sungai Besi – which were usually congested on the eve of public holidays.
“Sometimes, the congestion drags on for several kilometres and there have been numerous complaints from road users,” he said.
Samy Vellu said the Electronic Toll Collection Free-Flow System had been successfully implemented at the Melbourne City Link Road in Australia, Highway 407 in Toronto, Canada, and in Singapore.
“Motorists need to pass a gantry where a reader will capture the data from the vehicle and credit the toll charges,” he said after witnessing the presentation of ISO 9001:2000 certification to the Malaysian Highway Authority by Sirim here yesterday.
Sirim chairman Datuk Dr Mohd Ariffin Aton handed over the certificate to MHA director-general Datuk George George. It is the first agency in the ministry to get the certification.
Samy Vellu said all the concessionaires would be required to install two lanes for electronic toll collection through the Touch ‘N Go system on the highways by Aug 1.
“However, concessionaires who are using the other systems can continue with their systems for a year but will be required to dismantle them before June next year.
They will also have to provide for Touch ‘N Go collection,” he said.
He said MHA was also monitoring the progress of the construction of the New Pantai Expressway (19.6km), Sprint (6km), Silk (36km), East Coast Highway first phase (169km) and Shah Alam–Kuang Highway (25km).
Replying to a question, he said there were plans to expand the dual carriageway from Seremban to Senawang and Tanjung Malim to Ipoh to three lanes to overcome the traffic congestion during peak periods.
He said work on the upgrading of existing highways would begin after the Cabinet gives its approval.
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