Concessionaires hail Putrajaya’s decision to defer toll hike

Driving with ease: Highway concessionaires will continue helping the country weather the Covid-19 pandemic.

PETALING JAYA: The Association of Highway Concessionaires Malaysia has welcomed Putrajaya’s decision to postpone toll rate increases.

Its president Datuk Azman Ismail said concessionaires understand the government’s decision amid the challenges the country is facing from the Covid-19 pandemic.

“(The association) and all highway concessionaires will continue to be committed to helping the country weather the Covid-19 pandemic as well as continue providing our best services to ensure the safety and comfort of all our highway users.

“We also ask for the support and cooperation of all highway users to drive carefully and to comply with all Covid-19 standard operating procedures set by the National Security Council and the Health Ministry for the safety and well-being of all parties, ” he said in a statement yesterday.

Last Friday, the government announced that the toll hikes on major highways would be postponed to 2022 to ease the burden of the people due to the rising cost of living.

Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof said postponing the increase of toll rates this year for all related highways and toll plazas would cost the government an estimated RM2.25bil.

Among the highways that would not see a hike in toll prices are the North-South Highway (PLUS), Duta Ulu-Kelang Expressway (DUKE), Damansara-Puchong Highway (LDP) and the Maju Expressway (MEX).

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