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A section of East-West Link Highway to be toll-free

Postby admin » Fri Jan 28, 2011 6:21 am

PUTRAJAYA: Toll along East-West Link Highway from Salak Interchange to Taman Connaught Interchange is expected to be abolished as early as May this year, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on Friday.

He also said that there would be no toll hike over the next five years for the KL-Karak Highway and East Coast Highway Phase I which are owned by MTD Capital.

Najib said he had asked all highway concession holders to "retain toll rates or to reduce ore abolish them."

"So they have come up with various suggestions. Whichever we can accept, we can go ahead first," said Najib at a news conference in his office, here.

He said he had also asked the concessionaires not to extend the period of concession and that there would be no compensation from the government for suspended toll collectons.

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Toll abolished on one stretch, no rates hike on two highways

Postby admin » Sat Jan 29, 2011 5:36 am

PUTRAJAYA: Toll for the Salak to Taman Connaught stretch of the East-West Link Expressway is set to be abolished by May, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced.

The Prime Minister also announced that the toll rates for the Kuala Lumpur-Karak Expressway and East Coast Expressway Phase One would not be increased for the next five years.

He said the decisions were made following a review of transportation costs, including restructuring the toll charges and to ease the people’s burden.

He also added that no compensation would be paid to the concessionaires of the three highways.

“In line with the 1Malaysia spirit, People First, Performance Now, I have asked toll concessionaires to carry out a review of the respective toll charges to help the Government prosper the country and lessen the burden of the people.

“Taking up the Government’s call, two corporate figures who are also major shareholders of a toll concessionaire, came forward with a toll restructuring proposal through the acquisition of assets, which will benefit the people,” he told a press conference at his office here yesterday.

Also present was Works Minister Datuk Shaziman Abu Mansor.

Najib said the Kuala Lumpur-Karak and East Coast Phase One expressways were owned by the two corporate figures, adding that he had also asked for the concession period not to be extended.

“The suggestion to acquire the concessionaire’s assets brought about the termination of the East-West Link Expressway concession ahead of its original 2018 expiry date.

“This means that expressway users will not have to pay toll anymore and its implementation date will begin once the documentation process is completed, expected in May 2011,” he said.

“I am also calling on other toll concessionaires to emulate these initiatives for the benefit of the people,” he said.

The concession of the East-West Link Expressway is held by Metramac Corporation Sdn Bhd.

On whether the initiatives would also be extended to other highways, including the major North-South Expressway, he said the matter was under consideration.

“Let’s do it one by one. I have got more good announcements,” he said.

Later, Najib flew to Kota Kinabalu and met Sabah Barisan Nasional leaders for an hour after arriving in the state capital for a two-day visit.

He then launched the 7ha Perdana Park at Tanjung Aru, developed and managed by state water concessionaire Timatch Sdn Bhd.

Najib also witnessed the signing of a master collaboration agreement between Singapore-based Parkway Health and state-affiliated firm Jesselton Wellness Sdn Bhd to set up the Kota Kinabalu Gleneagles Medical Centre costing some RM200mil.

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Festive gift for highway users

Postby admin » Sat Jan 29, 2011 5:39 am

KUALA LUMPUR: For motorists travelling along the Kuala Lumpur-Karak Expressway and East Coast Expressway, the prime minister's announcement on a toll review is an early "ang pow" gift.

Just ask the Lorry Owners Association, which has some 10,000 members.

Its president president Er Sui See said that his members would not hike their transport fee as the toll charges will remain the same for the next five years.

"Normally, if toll rates go up, we will hike our fee depending on how much more we have to pay."

He said this has been the practice from day one as no lorry company was willing to absorb the extra toll charges.

Federation of Malaysian Consumers Association (Fomca) president Datuk N. Marimuthu said it was good news as the announcement was made a few days before Chinese New Year.

"It will allow businesses to plan their strategy after the festive season," he said.

As for bus operators, they say the no toll hike at the two highways would not benefit them much.

Pan Malaysia Bus Operators Chairman Datuk Asfar Ali said this was because the two-year agreement with the government, which allows express buses to claim 50 per cent toll discounts, ended on Jan 14 this year.

"Since then, we have been paying full price," he said, adding that the association would send a memorandum to the prime minister after the Chinese New Year to allow them to impose a surcharge on passengers travelling on highways.

He said the rate for those travelling from KL to Malacca could perhaps be increased by a few sen to allow the bus company to pay for the toll.

"This system is fair for operators and passengers. It is for those who are travelling on highways as they enjoy the comfort of the highway and do not mind paying the extra few sen."

Asfar added that the government had implemented the system for taxis plying all toll roads.

"Passengers will pay travelling and toll charges," he said.

Highway user, Chrisane Ling, 28, said the initiative to maintain the toll rates was good, but it did not affect her because she hardly used the two highways. She hoped that the same would be done for the North-South Expressway.

For 28 year-old Linda Gomez, the move to terminate the toll concession for the East-West Link Expressway connecting the Salak interchange and Taman Connaught interchange in Cheras here, was something she had been waiting for.

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Many laud toll ang pow

Postby admin » Sun Jan 30, 2011 5:43 am

PETALING JAYA: Transport operators, non-governmental organisations and the public have given the thumbs up to the government’s move to abolish toll for the Salak-Taman Connaught stretch of the East-West Link Expressway Highway and to maintain toll rates at the Kuala Lumpur-Karak Expressway and East Coast Expressway Phase One for the next five years.

Fomca president Datuk N. Marimuthu said the move was timely and would benefit consumers but hoped fuel prices would not increase later.

“It is an early ang pow for Malaysians and we hope the Gov­ernment won’t use this as an excuse to increase petrol prices in future,” he said in an interview.

Pan Malaysia Lorry Owners Association president Er Sui See said the government was moving in the right direction by reducing their travelling expenses because prices of other commodities are on the rise.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak who made the announcement on Friday had also said that no compensation would be paid to the concessionaires of the three highways.

He had asked them to carry out a review of the toll charges to lessen the burden on the people.

Student Mohd Syarifuddin Mohd Sulaiman said travelling costs would be reduced.

“I hope the Government will consider implementing the decision for other expressways as well,” he said.

Bandar Tun Razak resident Sachdev Singh, 28, welcomed the toll abolition along the East-West Link as he used the highway daily to go to work in Petaling Jaya.

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