Since earlier this month, around six highway operators have started conducting trial runs for the open payment system. Joining the list now are two highways operated by IJM’s toll division – Sungai Besi Expressway (BESRAYA) and New Pantai Expressway (NPE), which started running pilot tests for the system over the weekend (August 26, 2023), along with DUKE (Duta-Ulu Kelang highway) which has started accepting debit and credit card payment options this morning.
Footages of highway users trying out the system at one of the highway operators’ toll booths were posted on their official Instagram page (BESRAYA & NPE). Just in case you didn’t know, the open payment system essentially gives highway users additional options in making toll payments using credit and debit cards. These options are added on top of the usual Touch ‘n Go, SmartTag, and radio frequency identification (MyRFID) methods.
The Ministry of Works (KKR) has chosen the following highways to implement the open payment system, which includes:
- Butterworth-Kulim Expressway (BKE)
- Damansara-Puchong Expressway (LDP)
- Duta-Ulu, Kelang Expressway (DUKE)
- Guthrie Corridor Expressway (GCE)
- Maju Expressway (MEX)
- New Pantai Expressway (NPE)
- Shah Alam Expressway (KESAS)
- Sungai Besi Expressway (BESRAYA)
- Western Kuala Lumpur Traffic Dispersion Scheme Expressway (SPRINT)
- Penang Bridge
- SMART tunnel
Aside from BESRAYA, NPE, and DUKE highways that have implemented the opening payment system so far consist of the Putrajaya toll plaza on MEX, LDP, SPRINT, SMART tunnel, and KESAS. MEX will also be providing the open toll payment methods at 25 Touch ‘n Go lanes throughout the three toll plazas it manages starting next month. This includes the Salak Selatan toll plaza, Putrajaya toll plaza, and Seri Kembangan toll plaza.
Looking forward, the open payment system will act as an important stepping stone in Malaysia’s transition to the non-stop toll collection system known as the multi-lane free flow (MLFF) system. Aimed to be implemented by 2025, the MLFF will utilise a gantry system without dedicated booths or lanes.
RFID payment and automated number plate recognition (ANPR) systems will also be utilised to help collect toll fares. Ultimately, the system is supposed to help reduce traffic congestion as vehicles would no longer need to queue or stop to pay for tolls.