All toll plazas along PLUS Highway go 'cashless' today

Veena Babulal

KUALA LUMPUR: All 94 toll plazas under the North-South Highway (PLUS) are now operating electronically.

The system kicked off at 12pm today.

PLUS Malaysia BHd managing director Datuk Azman Ismail said that starting today, no more cash payments would be accepted at booths at the PLUS Highway.

"Plus Highway users are required to pay toll electronically via PLUSMiles, Touch 'n Go and SmartTAG.

"This will contribute to smoother and faster transactions," he said at a media briefing at the Sungai Besi Toll Plaza here today.

He said that electronic toll collection systems were 300 per cent faster than the manual cash system.

A SmartTAG lane can cater up to 16 transactions per minute (1,000 vehicles per hour) while a Touch 'n Go lane can accommodate 10 transactions per minute (600 vehicles per hour).

However a manual cash lane can only cater for three transactions per minute (180 vehicles per hour).

The system has been implemented by PLUS since 2008. And today, the rest of the 71 toll plazas along the Juru to Skudai stretch under the North South Expressway and the Elite Highway has been made cashless.

Azman said that sales and top-up lanes will be opened to enable the public to purchase their electronic cards upon entering the highway.

The more than 2,000 toll booth attendants affected by the cashless system would also still have their jobs.

He said there may however be minor transfers and redeployments.