Toll hike postponement covers highways, bridges


PETALING JAYA: The postponement of toll hikes this year will be extended to 20 highways and two bridges, including the SMART Tunnel, and is expected to cost taxpayers over RM2bil.

In a statement yesterday, the Malaysian Highway Authority (LLM) said the government would have to pay RM2.093bil to postpone hikes due this year.

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This did not include obligations to pay RM160.1mil to defer hikes on toll charges for the Kesas Highway, South Klang Valley Expressway (SKVE) and Lebuhraya Pantai Timur 2 (LPT2), it added.

“In line with the government’s decision, consumers will continue to enjoy toll payments at a lower rate compared to the toll rates under the concession agreements.

“Consumers will also continue to enjoy quality facilities and services along the highways, ” said LLM as it unveiled a list consisting of more tolled facilities in addition to an earlier list unveiled by Senior Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof on Friday.

The postponement of toll increases will cover all vehicles using the North-South Expressway (PLUS), Malaysia-Singapore Second Link, North South Expressway Central Link (Elite), Cheras-Kajang Highway (Grand Saga), Kuala Lumpur-Karak Highway, East Coast Expressway 1, Sungai Besi Expressway (Besraya), Damansara-Puchong Expressway (LDP), Kemuning-Shah Alam Highway (LKSA), Butterworth-Kulim Expressway, Kajang Dispersal Link Expressway (SILK), KL-Putrajaya Expressway (MEX), Kajang-Seremban Highway (Lekas), Senai-Desaru Expressway, Kuala Lumpur-Kuala Selangor Expressway and the Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah Bridge (second Penang bridge).

The list covers the Seremban-Port Dickson Highway, North Klang Straits Bypass, Duta-Ulu Kelang Expressway (DUKE), Guthrie Corridor Expressway, SMART Tunnel and SPRINT Expressway, all classes of vehicles at the Penchala Plaza, classes 1 and 5 vehicles at the Pantai Plaza and class 5 vehicles at the Damansara Plaza.

For the New Pantai Expressway (NPE), toll charges will be frozen for classes 1 and 5 vehicles at the PJS2 Toll Plaza, while the benefit is restricted only for class 5 vehicles at the Pantai Dalam and PJS5 plazas.

The government will freeze toll hikes for classes 1 and 5 vehicles on the Ampang-Kuala Lumpur Elevated Highway (Akleh) and the Butterworth Outer Ring Road (BORR).As for the Penang Bridge, LLM said the postponement in price hikes would cover vehicles from classes 2,3, 4 and 5.

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