KUALA LUMPUR – The government has frozen toll rate increment for all vehicle classes in the 21 highways throughout the country.
Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said, the frozen toll rate increment in the 21 highways will be done comprehensively throughout the country, including the toll rate for busses in eight other highways and the abolishment of tolls for motorcycles at the Penang Bridge (First Penang Bridge), Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah Bridge (Second Penang Bridge) and the Second Link Bridge in Johor.
The order will come with effect of 1 January 2019, involving RM994.43 million of government funds.
Guan Eng said, the government estimated the freeze of toll rates may involve RM972.75 million in compensations to the highway concessions next year.
“The comprehensive freeze is based on the Federal Government’s responsibilities in reducing the cost-of-living of Malaysians.
“The government is studying on the best mechanism to fulfil the manifesto promises in the Harapan Book. The freeze is a part of the efforts,” he said in a statement.
He also said that the freeze of toll increment for Class 5 vehicles (busses) is estimated to cost RM1.68 million in 8 highways. -MalaysiaGazette