Back in March, it was reported that the Ministry of Transport had instructed all agencies, including public transport operators under the ministry, to implement an open payment system.
It was announced that five nationwide highways would begin implementing an open payment system by September, meaning that road users can use their debit or credit cards to pay for tolls.
But now, it seems that the initiative has spread to even more highways as it was recently reported that the open payment system, which will be implemented starting September, will be for 12 highways.
According to BERNAMA, Works Minister Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi said the 12 highways include:
- Ampang-Kuala Lumpur Elevated Highway (AKLEH),
- Guthrie Corridor Expressway (GCE),
- Sungai Besi Expressway (BESRAYA),
- New Pantai Expressway (NPE),
- Penang Bridge (JPP),
- Butterworth-Kulim Expressway (BKE),
- Damansara-Puchong Expressway (LDP),
- Western Kuala Lumpur Traffic Dispersal Scheme (SPRINT),
- Shah Alam Expressway (KESAS),
- SMART Tunnel,
- Kuala Lumpur-Putrajaya Expressway (MEX) and,
- Duta-Ulu Klang Expressway (DUKE).
“The system is one of the efforts and initiatives of the government that is committed to the transition towards the implementation of the Multi-Lane Fast Flow (MLFF) toll collection system which is expected to be realised in stages by next year,” he said.
Meanwhile, he added that all the toll plazas on the SUKE expressway had been equipped with the MLFF system.
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