New Malaysia | GE14 Manifesto Highway Toll Abolishment

The new PH Government in their GE14 manifesto promised Malaysians that they would abolish toll payment on all highways in Malaysia.  It has been estimated that it would cost the Malaysian government at least RM130bil to buy over all the toll highways and expressways from private concessionaires if they want to fulfil their election promise to the rakyat to abolish all toll payment.  Is this possible? The government has announced the negotiation to take over four highways to enable them to abolish the toll collection. 

Posted on February 25, 2019
 

New Malaysia | GE14 Manifesto Highway Toll Abolishment

 

Highway Toll Abolishment

The new PH Government in their GE14 manifesto promised Malaysians that they would abolish toll payment on all highways in Malaysia.  It has been estimated that it would cost the Malaysian government at least RM130bil to buy over all the toll highways and expressways from private concessionaires if they want to fulfil their election promise to the rakyat to abolish all toll payment.  Is this possible?  


The government announced on February 23, 2019, that it is in negotiation with Gamuda, a private highway concessionaire, to purchase four highways owned by the company.

 

Which toll highways are being negotiated?

The highways are:- 

  • Lebuhraya Damansara Puchong (LDP),

  • Sistem Penyuraian Trafik KL Barat (SPRINT),

  • Lebuhraya Shah Alam (KESAS) and

  • SMART Tunnel

 

What happens if the government is successful in purchasing the highways? 

If the government is successful in purchasing the four highways, toll payment for all these highways will be abolished.

In place of the abolished toll, the government will charge highway users:- 

  1. A 'congestion fee' equivalent to the current toll rate when using the highway during  6 hours of “peak” period

  2. Discount of up to 30% during the 12 hours normal period for.

  3. Toll-free for the remaining 6 hours from 2300 to 0500.

  

What is the congestion fee for?

Congestion fee collected will be used to pay for the highways' operation & maintenance and repayment of borrowings.  The government does not plan to profit from the congestion fee.  Any surplus from the congestion fee collection will be channelled into a public transportation fund to improve the quality of public transport in Malaysia. ​

 

Toll Abolishment
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Government Subsidy - No Toll increment for 21 highways in 2019

 

The PH government announced (Dec 28, 2018) that there will be no increase in toll rates in 2019 for 21 highways who are eligible to increase rates next year.  The government will compensate the eligible concessionaires for the permitted toll hike and it will cost the government an estimated RM972.75mil.  Consumers would have had to pay between 20 sen and RM1 more for toll if the government had allowed the rate hike. 

 

The highway affected by the freeze in toll rates are:

North-South Expressway (PLUS), Malaysia-Singapore Second Link (LINKEDUA), Shah Alam Expressway (KESAS), North-South Expressway Central Link (ELITE), East Coast Expressway Phase 1 (LPT 1), Sungai Besi Expressway (BESRAYA), New Pantai Expressway (NPE), Damansara-Puchong Expressway (LDP), Ampang-Kuala Lumpur Elevated Highway (AKLEH), Butterworth-Kulim Expressway (BKE), Duta-Ulu Kelang Expressway (DUKE), Maju Expressway (MEX) and Kajang-Seremban Highway (LEKAS).

 

Other highways are Senai-Desaru Expressway (SDE), Western Kuala Lumpur Traffic Dispersal Scheme (SPRINT), South Klang Valley Expressway (SKVE), Seremban-Port Dickson Highway (SPDH), New North Kelang Straits Bypass (NNKSB), Guthrie Corridor Expressway (GCE), Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah Bridge (JPP2) and the Stormwater Management and Road Tunnel (SMART). 

 

No highway toll hike next year >

 

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