BAGAN SERAI, Feb 17 — Toll transactions at all North-South Highway (PLUS) toll plazas will be fully electronically run beginning April 26, said PLUS Malaysia Bhd managing director Datuk Azman Ismail.
He said the implementation of the electronic system also involved all transactions at the New Klang Valley Expressway (NKVE) and the North-South Expressway Central Link (Elite).
He said that following the implementation, all 94 toll plazas on the expressways operated by PLUS from Bukit Kayu Hitam, Kedah to Tanjung Kupang and Bangunan Sultan Iskandar in Johor would be run electronically.
“Beginning at 12 noon on that date, there would no longer be any transaction using cash and PLUS users must pay toll using the PLUSMiles card, Touch ‘n Go card or SmartTAG,” he said.
Azman disclosed this to reporters after the media briefing on the fully electronic toll collection (ETC) at the southbound Gunung Semanggol Rest and Service Area (RSA), here today.
The ETC initiative was implemented in stages since 2008 beginning with the Bangunan Sultan Iskandar in Johor.
Azman said the implementation of the ETC could reduce congestion and speed up transactions at the payment lane especially during the festive seasons.
He drew attention that the implementation of the ETC would not involve a reduction in PLUS staff as the previous toll plaza staff would be given retraining and assigned to other divisions.
Meanwhile, Malaysian Highway Authority (MHA) chairman Datuk Dr Noor Azmi Ghazali said the implementation of the ETC was in line with the government’s aspiration to reduce the level of public pressure and air pollution in the country.
“When there is no necessity for motorists to form a long queue to make payment there will be no stress and this can also reduce air pollution caused by smoke emission,” he added. ― Bernama