As the Movement Control Order (MCO) enters its second week, authorities have ramped up their enforcement to restrict crowd movement by ordering for the closure of toll booths and limit those passing through, according to a report by Malay Mail.
Based on circulars distributed by two highway concessionaires, several interstate tolls plazas and those along intercity expressways will be closed effective today, in an effort to curb outgoing traffic from major districts and towns.
The closures have been ordered by the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM), according to the circular distributed by PLUS Highway. Mandatory U-Turns have been implemented at the closed toll plazas.
As for those that will remain open, traffic will be converged to one single lane where police checks will be conducted. Vehicles will only be allowed through based on police discretion. These measures will be in place until the end of the MCO period.
The affected PLUS toll plazas are as follows:
– Plaza Tol Jalan Duta – Traffic diverted to single lane
– Plaza Tol Sungai Besi – Traffic diverted to single lane
– Plaza Tol Skudai – Closed, mandatory U-Turn
– Plaza Tol Ayer Keroh – Closed, mandatory U-Turn
– Plaza Tol Pedas Linggi – Closed, mandatory U-Turn
– Plaza Tol Kuala Kangsar – Southbound closed
PLUS also said that the highway along the elevated Tapah turn-off (KM326.8) would be closed off, affecting those looking to travel from Ipoh to Bidor.
Seperately, Highway Concessionaire LITRAK has also announced closures for the Pantai Toll Plaza A along the Kerinchi Link, for both northbound and southbound traffic.
“However, highway users can still use the Pantai Toll Plaza (B) to get to their destination,” read LITRAK’s statement.