Five more highways agree to have open payments

KUALA LUMPUR: Five more tolled highways have agreed to implement the open payment system that begins mid-September, says Works Minister Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi.

They are Damansara-Puchong Expressway (LDP), SPRINT Highway, Shah Alam Expressway (Kesas), SMART Tunnel, and the Kuala Lumpur-Putrajaya Expressway (MEX).

“As I have said before, the open payment system will be implemented in phases involving various concession companies.

“Negotiation on this is an ongoing effort by the ministry and needs to be done to ensure successful implementation of the Multi Lane Fast Flow (MLFF) system,” he said in a Facebook post yesterday, reported Bernama.

Nanta had earlier announced that six highways, along with the Butterworth-Kulim Expressway, will implement the open payment system to allow users to pay tolls using other means, bringing the total number of highways involved to 11.

He also announced that the Sungai Besi Expressway will be the first location for the implementation of the MLFF proof-of-concept (POC).

“This will be done at the end of October to evaluate the MLFF system before it is implemented in all highways in Malaysia. The ministry is also in negotiations with other concessionaires to get another highway for the POC. I will announce the location of the second POC in the near future,” he added.

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