Touch ‘n Go n Smart Tag to be phased out by 2025

The Works Ministry has announced that the public will soon be allowed to make highway toll payments using any digital provider, and move away from Touch ‘n Go and Smart Tag.

According to FMT, Works Minister, Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof, also mentioned that highway concessionaires have been instructed to implement a multi-lane free-flow (MLFF) system by 2025.

An example of the gantry system implemented in other countries.

The MLFF is a barrier-free toll system without toll booths but instead uses a gantry structure fitted with an Automated Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) system.

The ANPR system is currently under going testing at the LEKAS highway and will later extend to the Besraya highway.

According to FMT, there are some 20 million users and over 90% of them use Touch ‘n Go for toll purposes.

Long overdue for retirement?

In the same report, the Works Minister also said there could be a private investment model to take over the MLFF system if there are delays from highway concessionaires in implementing the MLFF system. The Works Minister used Taiwan and Singapore as an example, where they have a single authority over the system.

Question is then, will it be open to an abuse of power? We all know very well by now what a single entity with absolute power can do.

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