WORKS Minister Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi has revealed that twelve additional RFID lanes will be added to the North-South Expressway (PLUS) toll plazas by mid-April 2023 to ease traffic congestion at RFID lanes.
He said this after attending a meeting with Touch ‘n Go (TNG), Malaysian Highway Authority (LLM) and PLUS Malaysia Berhad to get clarification on chronic complaints of vehicle back-ups at toll plazas nationwide.
In a thread on Twitter, Nanta further acknowledged complaints of congestion due to insufficient RFID lanes on highway toll plazas as well as safety concerns about inconsistent RFID lane placements that have been identified to be the cause of many accidents.
Rentetan isu kesesakan di plaza tol yang menggunakan teknologi Identifikasi Frekuensi Radio (RFID) seperti diutarakan pengguna lebuhraya, saya telah memanggil wakil dari Kumpulan @MyTouchnGo , @LLMrasmi dan @plus2u pagi ini bagi mendapatkan maklumat jelas mengenai isu RFID. pic.twitter.com/aOhpeVn0qe
— Alexander Nanta Linggi (@AlexNantaLinggi) January 13, 2023
“I have ordered them to take action as soon as possible to address the problems as well as ensure the safety of those involved,” Nanta tweeted.
“We have reached an agreement and PLUS Expressway Berhad has agreed to add more RFID lanes for user efficiency. We will start with 12 lanes to be installed by mid-April.”
He said that other details about the lanes and locations will be announced later today.
RFID, or radio frequency identification technology, for toll payments, was first introduced in Malaysia in 2018 but the implementation has been less than smooth, with many complaints of traffic congestion and lack of seamlessness. – Jan 13, 2023
Main photo credit: Utusan Malaysia