Perak cops to monitor toll payments

IPOH: Thinking of going out of state without a permit during the festive break?

Think again. Perak police will be keeping an eye while you make payment at the toll plaza to see where you came from.

Some motorists would claim that they were merely travelling between districts, Perak police chief Comm Datuk Mior Faridalathrash Wahid said.

To verify the person’s claim, he said police would see the amount they paid, as inter-district toll charges would definitely be cheaper compared to out-of-state departure points.

Mior Faridalathrash said some drivers would give the excuse that they had driven from a nearby town when they were actually making their way out from another state.

“It is impossible for us to stop and check every vehicle, because doing so would cause a traffic jam on the expressway.

“I am asking everyone to cooperate and do their part, so that we don’t have to take any action, ” he added.

He said police would use their discretion when stopping motorists to check for travel permits.

Some drivers, he said, think they can outwit the authorities by exiting via one of the district toll plazas first, before coming back onto the expressway again.

“Let me assure these drivers that we have our way to find out, ” he told reporters at the Perak police monthly gathering at the Air Force Training Institute here yesterday.

Mior Faridalathrash said everyone should play their role and be responsible, and not cross borders without valid reasons.

“If we continue to move freely (without valid reason), this pandemic is going to last even longer, ” he said.

Mior Faridalathrash also said that Perak police receive 3,000 applications daily for interstate travel.

“About 70 to 100 applications are rejected each day, as the reasons provided are not valid, ” he added.

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