Saturday August 11, 2012
Motorists to enjoy discounts on 24 highways for Raya and Merdeka
By YUEN MEIKENG and ONG HAN SEAN
RAWANG: Motorists will enjoy toll discounts and rebates of between 10% and 37.5% on 24 highways nationwide in conjunction with Hari Raya and National Day.
Works Minister Datuk Seri Shaziman Abu Mansor said the incentives this year were special in view of Hari Raya being celebrated in the Merdeka month.
“The Damansara-Puchong Highway will offer a 60sen flat rate toll fee for all motorists. This is a 37.5% discount from the usual RM1.60 for private cars (Class 1 vehicles),” he said.
Shaziman said the discount would be given from Aug 18 to 21.
During the same period, Class 1 motorists using the KL-Karak Highway will get a 30% discount on toll fees paid via electronic toll collection (ETC).
Class 1 motorists using highways under PLUS will be offered a 30% rebate on payment made using ETC on Aug 15, 16, 22 and 23. Motorists can claim the rebates at Touch n Go counters next month.
A similar rebate will be offered by PLUS highways on Aug 31.
“All motorists will be able to use the LDP and Maju Expressway for free on that day as well,” Shaziman said, adding that toll charges at the Sprint Highway will be at a flat rate of 20sen for all users.
In view of the expected high traffic, he said the ministry had told all 27 highway concessionaires and maintenance companies to stop road works a week before and after Hari Raya.
“Only emergency maintenance works are allowed to be carried out during this time,” he said after inspecting a proposed exit road to Kundang town from the Kuala Lumpur-Kuala Selangor Expressway (Latar), near here, yesterday.
Shaziman said the Government had allocated RM30mil to build the new exit to allow easy access for 80,000 residents to Kundang town.
In TEMERLOH, East Coast Expressway concessionaire Anih Bhd said it was prepared for the 1.3 million vehicles expected to pass through the highway.
“We are going to add more manpower and engage Rela to help us control traffic at toll booths and rest and service areas,” its director Nik Fauzi Nik Hussain said.
On stray animals crossing the highway, Nik Fauzi said the company was continuously educating the community not to cut the fences.