No toll hikes for four highways this year and the next, says works minister

 |Nov 4, 2016
Works Minister Fadillah Yusof (left) responded to a question by Nga Kor Ming (DAP-Taiping) is there will a toll hike next year.
Works Minister Fadillah Yusof (left) responded to a question by Nga Kor Ming (DAP-Taiping) if there will a toll hike next year.

There will be no increase on toll for four highways as being speculated by people for this year and 2017.

Works Minister Fadillah Yusof said the government will pay RM59.77mil as compensation to four highway concessionaires for deferring the toll fare hikes.

Fadillah was responding to a question by Nga Kor Ming (DAP-Taiping), if there will be a toll hike on four highways next year.

He said the Cabinet had agreed on Oct 12 to postpone the restructuring of toll rates for the year 2016 and 2017 and would compensate four concessionaires which will be Senai-Desaru Expressway (SDE), Guthrie Corridor Expressway (GCE), Eastern Dispersal Link (EDL), and Kajang-Seremban Highway (Lekas).

“That means there will be no toll hikes for the four highways this year and in 2017,” he said in his winding up speech on the Supply Bill 2017 in Parliament today.

Fadilah noted that toll rates for the North-South Highway (PLUS) were restructured in 1999, 2002, and 2011 in an effort to reduce the impact of the toll hike.

He had said previously that the last PLUS toll hike was in 2005 and since then, the toll rates had not increased even though the agreement provides for toll increases in 2008 and 2011.