PAGOH: A 10% discount and insurance coverage will be given to highway users who buy SmartTags from Feb 1, said Works Minister Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu.
This means motorists will pay RM90 per unit instead of the present RM100.
Samy Vellu said those who buy the tags would also get a free insurance package covering the loss or theft of the transponders.
“They will also be eligible for personal accident insurance coverage worth RM10,000 and compensation for medical expenses up to RM2,000 for one year from Etiqa Insurance and Takaful,” he said.
He was speaking to reporters at a press conference after officiating at the launch of the newly refurbished south-bound Pagoh rest stop on the North South Expressway (NSE).
Samy Vellu said the offer was decided upon after discussions between the Government, highway concessionaires and Rangkaian Segar Sdn Bhd, which produces the SmartTags and Touch ‘N' Go cards.
There are only 100,000 units of tags available for the promotion and the free insurance offer is only for the first year.
“The price promotion and insurance scheme is one of the Government’s methods of encouraging the use of SmartTags and reducing traffic congestion at toll plazas,” he said.
He also said the third lane on the Seremban-Ayer Keroh stretch of the NSE was complete and open to motorists while the expanded Rawang-Slim River stretch was expected to be ready before Chinese New Year next year.
On a separate matter, Samy Vellu said he instructed Malaysian Highway Authority (MHA) director-general Datuk Mohamad Razali Othman two weeks ago to submit a detailed report to him about federal roads that had been named “death highway” stretches.
“If we can’t figure out what the problems are with the roads, we will bring in experts to advise us,” he said.
He was commenting on a recent newspaper report which had said motorists had named the East-West Highway from Grik to Tanah Merah in Kelantan a “death lane” after it claimed 24 lives in the past year.
Samy Vellu also said that any road that had become damaged or pot-holed would be repaired immediately.
In Ipoh, state Public Utility and Infrastructure Committee chairman Datuk Ho Cheng Wang said the Public Works Department would patch up the numerous pot-holes along the East-West Highway between the Grik, Perak, and Jeli, Kelantan, stretch.
Ho said a survey by the state PWD found that most of the potholes were found on the Grik and Banding stretch and patch-up work would start this Friday.
By MEERA VIJAYAN
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