Government Abolishes Motorcycle Toll Collection as First Step

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  • The government has stopped motorcycle toll collection.

  • The tolls affected are at the First and Second Penang Bridges, and the Malaysia-Singapore Second Link in Johor.

  • The government says it is the first step toward full toll abolishment in the country.

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The Malaysian government has abolished for motorcycle toll collection at three locations.

The move is the first step toward full abolishment of toll charges in the country. Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said that the government could not eradicate all toll payments at the moment due to the large debt accrued by the previous administration. Stopping toll charges would mean the government has to pay the highway concessionaires in order to subsidize the Rakyat’s toll payments.

“Abolishing motorcycle tolls at Penang’s First and Second Bridges together with the Malaysia-Singapore Second Link in Johor is the first step to completely abolish tolls,” said Guan Eng.

Singapore will also scrap toll payment for motorcycles on the Republic’s end from 21stJanuary.

Deputy Works Minister Mohd. Anuar Tahir officiated the removal of toll collection at the Tuas checkpoint. He said that Malaysian motorcyclists will save between RM 24.20 to RM 66.00 per month.

He also reiterated the current administration’s pledge in stopping all toll payments.

The Minister also spoke about fuel prices. While there was no cap (maximum price) before, RON 95 is now capped at RM 2.20 per litre, and diesel at RM 2.18 per litre. New retail prices will be in effect from 1stJanuary 2019 onwards.

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