- Tun Dr. Mahathir has said that it is not possible to have toll-free roads under current government revenue and spending pattern.
- If we must commit to Pakatan’s manifesto, then it means the government’s revenue must be increased.
- The Prime Minister also said that they did not expect to win the election when they crafted the manifesto.
- There are people who believed that the new government can abolish the tolls for expressways. Hence, they voted for the new government.
- The new government then realized many of the populist moves spelt out in their manifeso is not feasible and this is not just because of the huge debt left by the previous government. The revenue stream simply cannot sustain their planned spending pattern.
- The new government has less than 5 years from now to prove their capability. Otherwise, people may vote them out in the next upcoming General Election.
- Many of the expressway development in Malaysia is being undertaken by private entities. This is because of the huge cost involved in building these expressways.
- The limited amount of budget allocated for road maintenance can be channelled towards maintaining other Federal or State roads.
- Therefore, while having tolls is not a popular move, it helps to improvise the living condition of the urban population by reducing their travel time within the city or between major cities in Malaysia.
It is because if you need receipt, you are left with the following options:
- Take receipts at cash lanes
- Take receipts at Touch ‘N Go reload lanes
Both of these lanes are also used by 1) Customers paying by cash and 2) Customers reloading their Touch ‘N Go cards.
Therefore, presence of automated receipt dispensing machine is really appreciated. As shown in the picture above, there is a machine to dispense receipts at Touch ‘N Go lanes. This one is seen at westbound Batu Tiga toll plaza. No similar lane can be seen at eastbound one though.
We hope highway concessionnaires can come up with at least one of these lanes at major highways soon. It can surely eliminate congestion at cash and reload lanes.
Beginning 1 September 2015, SMART Tunnel will practice electronic toll collection only. By abolishing cash toll collection, the move is to help alleviate traffic problems commonly faced at the tunnel.
PLUS Expressways Berhad has published a travel time advisory (TTA) for people who will be using highways during peak travel time from December 24th 2014 to January 4th 2014.
Here is the advisory for northbound travel:
And here is the advisory for southbound travel:
This is a good initiative by PLUS and throughout the years we have found this to be a good method of combating congestion during peak travel time. Road users are strongly recommended to follow this advisory to ensure smoothness in your journey.