5 Highway Tolls To Accept Credit And Debit Card Payment
Works Minister Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi said the open payment system will be implemented in all five highways by September.
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Works Minister Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi said drivers can soon pay tolls on five highways using credit and debit cards.
The five roads are:
- Sungai Besi Expressway
- Ampang-Kuala Lumpur Elevated Highway
- New Pantai Expressway
- Guthrie Corridor Expressway
- Penang Bridge
Nanta also said the open payment system would be implemented on all five roads by September 2023.
A proof-of-concept (POC) assessment would be held in October 2023 before it could be implemented on all highways nationwide, The Star reported.
If the system proves successful, more highways could switch to the open payment system. So, everyone please help make sure the system works!
It’s a transition to barrier-free tolls
The open payment system is one of the early initiatives to transition to the Multi-Lane Free Flow (MLFF), which is a barrier or boom gate-free toll system.
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Nanta said the MLFF implementation will be done in phases and is expected to be done by the third quarter of 2024.
Once MLFF is implemented, the open payment system can be carried out for toll collections on all highways.
However, as Soya Cincau pointed out, paying by credit and debit cards defeats the purpose of having a barrier-free MLFF system.
In a barrier-free toll, toll payments are expected to be done automatically instead of tapping on physical terminals. As it stands, time is needed to authenticate card payments compared to a stored-value card like Touch ‘n Go.
Regardless, the ability to pay using credit or debit cards would end the monopoly of Touch ‘n Go and create healthy competition among industry players such as opening up more opportunities for eWallet providers.
It’ll also provide road users with more payment options which could help ease traffic bottlenecks at tolls.
Previously, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, who was at the Temu Anwar forum on 19 March, said the Touch ‘n Go monopoly in the toll payment system and public transportation would be reviewed.
READ MORE: The Gov’t Will Review Touch ‘n Go Monopoly Due To Lack Of Innovation And Development
On 20 March, Transport Minister Anthony Loke said the ministry has instructed all agencies including public transport operators under its purview to create an open payment system application.
READ MORE: Loke: You Can Use Credit And Debit Cards To Pay For Public Transport Soon
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