SEREMBAN: Smart TAG will cost only RM50 for the next three months in conjunction with the 50th Merdeka Day celebrations.
The normal price for a unit is RM100.
The price for a Touch 'n Go card will also been halved to RM5 during the period.
Works Minister Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu said the government incollaboration with the 22 toll concessionaires and Rangkaian Segar Sdn Bhd has agreed to offer the package to encourage more motorists to go electronic.
He said 30,000 SmartTAGs and 150,000 Touch'n Go cards would be offered.
"However, each motorist would only be allowed to buy one set," he said adding that it was a good time to buy the gadget which cost RM240 when it was first introduced.
Motorists would now have to pay RM65 for a set - which would include RM10 for the prepaid credit.
Samy Vellu said the campaign would be held in stages with 2,000 SmartTAGs and 10,000 Touch'n Go cards up for sale in June and July respectively.
In June, the items would be on sale from Mondays to Fridays at the Rawang, Sg Buloh, Kota Damansara, Jalan Duta and Sg Besi toll plazas.
The following month, motorists would be able to get them at the Penang Bridge, Elite expressway and Linkedua in Johor.
"The items would be sold at these toll plazas as traffic here is heavier," he said.
In August, the items would be available at all toll plazas.
Samy Vellu said at present, only 40 per cent of all motorists passing through toll plazas used the electronic system.
At the Penang Bridge, about 60 per cent of motorists use the facility.
He urged motorists to grab the offer as the SmartTAG lanes could process 900 transactions in an hour compared with 240 transactions at manual lanes.
"Also, the same system would form the basis for the gantry system which we hope to introduce soon," he told reporters after opening Plus' north bound R&R area along the North South Highway near here.
Under the gantry system, motorists need not stop to pay toll at the booths.
Deductions would be made automatically from their prepaid toll cards, almost similar to the present SmartTAG system.
On when the new system would be introduced, he said a working paper has been submitted to the ministry and once this was finalised, a meeting with toll concessionaires would be called to see how quickly this could be implemented.
"Once the system is up and running, we will be able to track the whereabouts of vehicles entering and exiting the highways as well as help the authorities check crime as all information would be registered in our database," he added.
By SARBAN SINGH
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