Following the recent increase in toll rates for 17 intra-urban highways in Klang Valley, motorists are expected to be hit by another hike in toll rates soon.
According to a report by The Malay Mail Online, Works Minister Datuk Fadillah Yusof said that highways operated by 8 concessionaires are “entitled to increase toll rates next year”.
While wrapping up his ministry’s budget debate at the committee stage in Parliament, Fadillah said that a review for rates of the LDP, which was only allowed a RM1 increase this year, will be carried out soon.
He said that the government has already forked out M592.32 million to compensate 8 highway concessionaires.
The highways that are compensated by the government include:
- North-South Expressway (RM214 million)
- Second Link Expressway (RM8.24 million)
- ELITE Highway (RM79.44 million)
- Butterworth-Kulim Expressway (RM3.11 million)
- Seremban-Port Dickson Highway (RM1.95 million)
- KESAS Highway (RM92.8 million)
- LDP (RM185.89 million)
- North Klang Straits Bypass Expressway (RM7.85 million)
Fadillah also said that it’s not up to him to decide on the increase on the toll rates, adding that “those entitled to receive hikes for 2016 are 8 highways”. These highways were among the highways managed by PLUS that were not allowed to increase their toll rates in October this year.
In November last year, the government announced that they would raise the toll rates for 20 highways nationwide this year. They later postponed the hike and allocated RM558.69 million to compensate the highway concessionaires.
In October this year, toll rates for highways operated by 11 concessionaires were raised by between 20 sen and RM3.
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