BANGI: More than 3.2 million transactions were recorded by the six highway concessionaires which set up dedicated Touch 'n' Go lanes for electronic toll collection since Aug 1, Works Minister Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu said.
He said the number of transactions was expected to increase to 4.5 million by the end of the month.
The six highway concessionaires are Lingkaran Trans Kota Sdn Bhd (Damansara-Puchong), Sistem Penyuraian Traffik KL-Barat Sdn Bhd (Sprint), Grand Saga Sdn Bhd (Cheras-Kajang), Kesas Sdn Bhd (Shah Alam), Lebuhraya Shapadu Sdn Bhd (North Klang Straits Bypass) and Konsortium Lebuhraya Butterworth-Kulim Sdn Bhd (Butterworth-Kulim).
Speaking to newsmen after a luncheon to commemorate the successful implementation of the single electronic toll system, Samy Vellu said the number of transactions was very encouraging and was indicative of users’ acceptance of the system.
“It shows that the Government had made the right decision with the single electronic toll collection system for the convenience of the public.”
“The faster the implementation of the single electronic system, the faster users will be able to enjoy the convenience which not only benefits Touch ‘n Go cardholders but also MyKad holders,” he said.
Samy Vellu also urged the six toll operators to enhance their services by providing more lanes for the electronic toll collection, from the existing two dedicated Touch ‘n Go lanes per toll plaza.
“By June 30, 2004, the highways have to add two more lanes each for Touch ‘n Go and SmartTag as more people would be using these facilities in the near future,” he said.
Samy Vellu also urged Rangkaian Segar Sdn Bhd, which is the operator of the Touch ‘n Go system to evaluate its current RM220 price for SmartTag in order to attract the people who are using other systems to convert to SmartTag.
“An increase in the use of SmartTag will help ease the congestion often experienced at certain highways, especially during peak hours and festive seasons,” he said.
He said the successful implementation of the single electronic toll system was a major task and was a stepping-stone towards a cashless society.
To a question, Samy Vellu said the details were being worked out to set up the electronic gantry toll collection system whereby motorists need only drive through as the toll charges would be automatically deducted through a smart reader card in the vehicle.