KUALA LUMPUR: The Government has abolished toll collection at the toll plazas in the direction of Cheras and Petaling Jaya on the Metramac Highway with immediate effect.
Works Minister Datuk Shaziman Abu Mansor said the toll collection was being abolished seven years before the concession period for the highway was due to end, which is May 31, 2018.
He said the move would benefit some 100,000 users of the highway especially residents of Bandar Permaisuri, Bandar Tun Razak and the surrounding areas.
“The Government will also not have to pay any compensation as per the agreement to close this toll early,” he said at a ceremony to mark the toll abolition at the Cheras toll plaza of the highway last night.
The toll rates at the highway (both directions) were RM0.50 (Class 1 vehicles), RM1 (Class 2 and 3), RM0.30 (Class 4) and RM0.50 (Class 5).
On Jan 28, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had announced that toll collection on the highway would be discontinued before the concession period ended in 2018.
The 17km-long East-West Link Highway was opened on Aug 14, 2003 and its concession is held by Metramac Corporation Sdn Bhd. - Bernama