Motorists are advised to use Touch ‘N Go and smart tag to smoothen traffic flow at the toll plazas during peak periods.Read the full news from Bernama below.
MOTORISTS URGED TO USE ETC CARDS.
The government is encouraging more motorists to use the electronic toll collection (ETC) system to smoothen traffic flow at the toll plazas during peak periods and festivals.
Works Minister Datuk Shaziman Abu Mansor said the use of ETC cards like the Touch ‘N Go and smart tag would also help create a cashless society.
“We hope eventually all motorists will turn to ETC cards. So far 5.9 million people are using Touch ‘N Go cards nationwide.
“Touch ‘N Go card users rose to 3.2 million in 2008 from 2.6 million in 2007,” he told reporters after launching the 1Malaysia Touch ‘N Go card limited edition here on Friday.
About 150,000 1Malaysia Touch ‘N Go cards are on sale in support of the 1Malaysia concept mooted by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
The cards can be purchased at selected expressway counters and Touch ‘N Go Sdn Bhd counters. Each card, which has a credit value of RM10, is sold at RM10.
Shaziman said one of the reasons why many consumers shun Touch ‘n Go cards was because they dislike the idea of having to make an upfront payment before they can use the cards.
He suggested that companies taking advantage of the ETC system to do away with the upfront payments and instead create a system where payments can be deducted from bank accounts.
On calls to highway concession holders to introduce toll discounts during festivals, he said PLUS Expressways Berhad (PLUS) had given a positive response.
“Let us wait for the announcement,” he added.