A toll order?

The Star reports today that highway concessionnaires are likely to hike their toll charges “either by 2011 or 2012”.

This is despite the high possibility that the volume of highway users and traffic is expected to increase further in the coming years.

If the raised charges are to be implemented, the pockets of the ordinary Malaysians, highways users or otherwise, would be affected as these toll rates are likely to hike transportation charges, and in turn would impact upon the prices of many goods and services.

 

KUALA LUMPUR: Major highway operators in the country are expected to increase their toll charges either by 2011 or 2012.

PLUS, which operates the North-South Expressway (NSE), Kesas, Sprint and SecondLink in Johor are all expected to increase toll rates under their concessionnaire agreements.

Under a supplementary agreement signed on April 29, 2004, toll on the New Pantai Expressway (NPE) is scheduled to be raised from RM1.60 to RM2 this year.

Declassified toll agreements at the Works Ministry’s library showed that PLUS will raise its toll charges from 14.96 sen per kilometre at present to 16.46 sen by 2011 for Class One vehicles, which are private cars.

Under its supplementary agreement with the Government in 2001, Sprint is scheduled to increase toll charges from RM2 to RM3 for Bukit Penchala, RM1.50 to RM2.50 for Pantai and RM1 to RM1.50 for Damansara.

Kesas, which operates the Shah Alam Expressway, will raise its toll charges from RM2.20 for private cars to RM3 in 2012.

SecondLink’s toll charges will also be reviewed in 2012 and it is expected to impose higher rates from 2013, which will see motorcyclists having to pay RM2.10 from RM1.60 at present at the Tanjung Kupang toll plaza, and motorists up to RM13.70.

SecondLink’s previous increase was last year.

The Damansara-Puchong Highway (LDP) operator, has signed a supplementary agreement with the Govern-ment to share its profits, while PLUS and SecondLink have also inked similar deals.

Under its supplementary agreement signed in 2004, the highway operator agreed to let the Government have 20% of its revenue between 1999 and last year, and 25% between this year and 2020 if its toll collection hits the yearly projected revenue.

In an agreement in 2000, Second-Link agreed to let the Government have a half-share of its toll revenue if its actual toll collection is more than the projected toll from 2032, and 70% from 2037.

The concession expires in 2038 and the operator has projected toll revenue of about RM623mil for 2038.

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2 Responses to “A toll order?”


  1. 1 Patricia 7 January 2009 at 10:10 am

    When we read this, it is like there are so many parties involved, and need to be considered: the government, the concessionaires who are these many different acronyms.

    But if you trace each back to its origins, it becomes very simple: Take from left pocket, and put in right pocket lah!

    But it’s our pockets that get empty 😦

    Pat

  2. 2 Antares 7 January 2009 at 9:41 pm

    The Umno Billionaires Club is fairly exclusive and the membership turnover is alarmingly high!


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