SEMENYIH: The government’s plans to gradually abolish toll charges have nothing to do with the Semenyih by-election as the four highways are not located in the constituency, said Transport Minister Anthony Loke.
“None of the highways are actually in Semenyih,” he told reporters at Kampung Baru Semenyih on Sunday (Feb 24).
Loke said the government could not hold back on the announcement just because of the by-election.
"When are we going to wait until? After Semenyih, there’s still Rantau. People want fast results that’s why we implemented it quickly,” he said.
Loke added that the proposed move is also to ease congestion and spread out traffic.
“The congestion charge is imposed during the morning, during peak hours - at the same rate. What we are trying to encourage is for people to spread out traffic,” he said.
He said the imposition of congestion charges was already practised in other countries and dismissed criticism that the proposed toll-free travel from 11pm to 5am would only benefit people who go drinking and clubbing.
“Don’t forget, there are people who work in factories who go home, there are people working night shifts,” he said.
The Government has begun talks with Gamuda Bhd to negotiate the acquisition of highway concessions for four main highways, said the Prime Minister’s Office.
The four highways are the Lebuhraya Damansara Puchong (LDP), Sistem Penyuraian Trafik KL Barat (SPRINT), Lebuhraya Shah Alam (KESAS) and SMART Tunnel.