In conjunction with the upcoming Chinese New Year festivities, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has announced that highways nationwide will be toll-free from 20-21 January 2023.
“After that, please pay your toll [fees]”, he jokingly said during a press conference today, after the cabinet meeting in Putrajaya.
The toll-free initiative will involve all highway concessionaires, and will cost the government a total of RM40 million over the two days. The toll exception will apply to all vehicle classifications.
PLUS Malaysia is estimating an increase of daily traffic volume from 1.8 million up to two million during the festive periods. In view of the increased traffic, the Malaysian works ministry has announced a temporary decrease in speed limit by 10 km/h on all roads from 18-27 January, while goods-carrying vehicles are also banned on 20-21 and 24-25 January.
The highway concessionaire has also released a travel time advisory for Klang Valley-based road users travelling on the North-South Expressway (NSE) during the festive period.
For those heading to Perlis, Kedah, Penang, North Perak, and Johor from the Klang Valley between January 19-22 January, the company strongly advises entering the highway before 9 am. Those travelling to nearer destinations meanwhile are advised to enter the NSE between noon and 4 pm to avoid converging with long-distance road users.
We at AutoBuzz.my would like to wish those travelling a safe journey back home, and a very happy Chinese New Year to everyone celebrating. Gong Xi Fa Cai!