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Toll increase from March 1 for five highways

Postby admin » Thu Feb 26, 2009 8:58 am

KUALA LUMPUR: Road users will have to pay higher tolls for five major highways beginning March 1.

The highways affected are the North-South Expressway (PLUS), Sprint/Kerinchi/Damansara Link highways, Ampang-Kuala Lumpur Expressway (AKLEH), Sungai Besi Highway and the New Pantai Expressway (NPE).

For the PLUS highway, it will be an increase of 5%.

This means toll charges from Bukit Kayu Hitam in Kedah to Kempas in Johor would increase from RM108 to RM113.40.

A trip from Kuala Lumpur to Ipoh would increase from RM26.50 to RM27.90.

For the Sprint/Kerinchi/Damansara Link highways, it will be an increase of between 30sen and 50sen.

The Sungai Besi Highway will see an increase of 10sen, while the AKLEH and NPE will be increased by 50sen and 40sen respectively.

In announcing this, Works Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Zin Mohammed said the increase was minimal and hoped the public understood that the increase was stipulated in the concession agreements that the government had signed.

“The increase was actually due in January last year but we had postponed it until now. This means the government has been paying compensation for 14 months.”

Mohd Zin said the compensation amounted to RM277mil with RM177mil going to PLUS, RM38mil to Sprint and RM30mil to AKLEH, adding that the impending increase was half of what was scheduled.

“There is a shortfall of 5%,” he said during a press conference at the Works Ministry on Wednesday.

The announcement for the increase however comes almost immediately after two toll booths were abolished recently.

The Salak Jaya toll (south-bound) was abolished on Tuesday while the toll at PJS2 (Kuala Lumpur-bound) of the New Pantai Expressway was abolished on Feb 13.

Mohd Zin said the abolishments were unrelated to the toll increase and that it should not be politicised, stressing that it was a contractual obligation on the government’s part.

He said more importantly was that alternative routes existed for all highways in the country, adding that this was the case for all highways but added that more could be done to improve the alternative routes.

When pointed out that the roads were jammed especially in the city regardless of whether it was a highway or an alternative route, Mohd Zin said it was a big challenge having to manage the amount of traffic Kuala Lumpur has.

“Kuala Lumpur has 3.5 million vehicles for a population of about five million people.

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Higher toll rates for five highways

Postby admin » Thu Feb 26, 2009 9:09 am

Toll hikes for PLUS (0.68sen/km), Sprint(30-50sen), Ampang Elevated Highway (50sen), Besraya (10sen), New Pantai Expressway (40sen)

The toll rates for five highways will be increased beginning Mar 1, says Works Minister Datuk Mohamad Zin Mohamed today.

They are the North South Highway, Sprint, Ampang elevated highway (Akleh), Sungai Besi and New Pantai Expressway.

Toll rates for PLUS highways will go up 0.68 sen per km.

The increase for Federal Highway Route 2 linking Batu 3, Shah Alam to Sungai Rasau, Klang and the North South Expressway will be 14.28 sen per km from 13.60 sen per km.

This change does not cover Bukit Kayu Hitam, Tambak Johor and Bangunan Sultan Iskandar.

Toll rates for Sprint Highway (Kerinchi Link and Damansara Link), Ampang Kuala Lumpur Elevated Highway (AKLEH), Sg Besi Highway (Besraya), and New Pantai Expressway (NPE) will see an increase between 10 sen and 50 sen.

For Sprint highway, the increase is 50 sen at Pantai toll plaza and 30 sen for Damansara toll plaza, AKLEH will be increased by 50 sen, Besraya by 10 sen and NPE by 40 sen.

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Cabinet asked to review decision on toll hikes

Postby admin » Thu Feb 26, 2009 1:32 pm

Update: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has asked the Cabinet to review its two week-old decision on the toll fare hike for five highways and expressways.

He said the time was not right for an increase in the toll charges.

Abdullah said the Cabinet had agreed for the toll charges for the five highways and expressways to be increased from effective on Sunday.

“The decision (on the hike) was made some two weeks ago. Things have changed since then. Our situation is not getting any better. We even have to draw up a second stimulus package in the form of a mini-budget.

“As such, I have asked the Cabinet to review the decision and look at other approaches,” he told the Malaysian media here at the end of the 3rd Asean Defence Ministers’ Meeting.

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New toll rates may be deferred following public outcry

Postby admin » Fri Feb 27, 2009 7:28 am

KUALA LUMPUR: A toll increase announced yesterday by the Works Minister for five major highways may be put on hold following a public outcry and the Prime Minister also calling for a review.

Datuk Seri Mohd Zin Mohammed had earlier revealed that toll for PLUS’ North-South Expressway (NSE), Sprint Highway, Ampang-Kuala Lumpur Elevated Highway (Akleh), Sungai Besi Highway (Besraya) and the New Pantai Expressway (NPE) would be raised simultaneously from Sunday.

The increase for the NSE will be 5%, or 0.68sen per km. For the other highways, the increase ranges from 10 sen to 50 sen.

The increase will affect all classes of vehicles, the exception being buses on the Sungai Besi Highway.

Reacting to the announcement from Pattaya, Thailand, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi called for a review of the decision, which he said was made two or three weeks ago.

He said the Cabinet would meet today to discuss other ways to compensate the toll concessionnaires.

Under the new rates announced, the toll for the 734km NSE journey from Bukit Kayu Hitam (Kedah) in the north to Kempas (Johor) in the south will be adjusted to RM113.40, up from RM108, while a trip from Kuala Lumpur to Ipoh will be in­­creased from RM26.50 to RM27.90.

Mohd Zin described the rates as minimal and hoped that the people would understand that the increases were stipulated in the concession agreements the Government had signed.

“The increase was actually due in January last year but we have postponed it until now. This means the Government has been paying compensation for 14 months,’’ he told a press conference at the Works Ministry yesterday.

Mohd Zin said the compensation amounted to RM277mil with RM177mil going to PLUS, RM38mil to Sprint and RM30mil to AKLEH.

Malaysian Highway Authority director-general Datuk Mohammed Razali Othman, who was present, said some of the concessionnaires got full increases while some only half, as outlined in the concession agreements.

“Any shortfall will be compensated by the Government,” he said.

The announcement to increase the rates comes after the Salak Jaya toll (south-bound) was abolished on Tuesday and the toll at PJS2 (Kuala Lumpur-bound) of the New Pantai Expressway was done away with on Feb 13.

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Groups call for buyouts, new highway deals

Postby admin » Fri Feb 27, 2009 7:28 am

PATTAYA (Thailand): Prime Mi­nis­ter Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has asked for the decision to increase the toll rates on five major highways to be reconsidered.

Abdullah, who joined a chorus of various consumer-related bodies in the call for the reconsideration, said the matter would be discussed in the Cabinet meeting today chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Mohd Zin had said road users would have to pay higher tolls for five major highways beginning March 1.

The highways affected are the North-South Expressway (PLUS), Sprint / Kerinchi / Damansara Link highways, Ampang-Kuala Lumpur Expressway (Akleh), Sungai Besi Highway and the New Pantai Expressway (NPE).

Abdullah said the decision to increase the toll rates was made two or three weeks ago.

“However, the situation has now changed, and the economy has not become better as yet, he said.

“People are having difficulties. The situation is not right for a toll increase. I feel the matter needs to be discussed again in the Cabinet.”

“The decision may come in the form of measures that will included in the second stimulus package or through some other measures.

“I think that’s the best that we can do – conduct a review and decide on whatever that is appropriate,” he told reporters after attending the Third Asean Defence Ministers’ Meeting here yesterday. Today he will be in Hua Hin to attend the Asean Summit.

In Petaling Jaya, the Federation of Malaysian Consumer Associations said the Government must immediately renegotiate all concession agreements.

Secretary-general Muhammad Sha’ani Abdullah said the Govern­ment’s decision to allow highway concessionaires to increase toll rates was not in line with the economic policies to deal with the current economic situation.

Pan-Malaysian Bus Operators Association president Datuk Ashfar Ali said the timing of the toll increase was bad.

“It is ridiculous for the Government to keep increasing the rates when they are dragging their feet on a fare increase for the bus industry,” he said.

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Toll hike put off indefinitely

Postby admin » Fri Feb 27, 2009 12:32 pm

The Cabinet today decided to postpone indefinitely the toll increase for five expressways that was supposed to take effect on Sunday.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the new toll rates announced by Works Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Zin Mohamed yesterday would not be implemented in the near term or until end of this year.

Following the deferment, the government would have to pay RM500 million oftaxpayers’ money to the five highway operators, he told a press conference at the Finance Ministry here.

Zin had told reporters at his ministry earlier that the government would postpone the new toll rates for the North-South Expressway, Western Kuala LumpurTraffic Dispersal System Expressway, Ampang-Kuala Lumpur Elevated Highway, Sungai Besi Highway and New Pantai Expressway until end of the year. -- Bernama

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