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Friday, January 27, 2023

No more toll bars and boom gates! Toll plazas to be replaced with MLFF system by 2025

Social NewsNo more toll bars and boom gates! Toll plazas to be replaced...

Toll bars and boom gates are one of the reasons why traffic in the city centre is terrible. Commuters had to slow down to pay for the toll and thus, causing a chain reaction behind it.

In an effort to manage the worsening traffic problem, the Works Ministry (KKR) will introduce a non-stop toll collection system known as Multi-Lane Free Flow (MLFF) for highways in Malaysia.

It’s minister Fadillah Yusof said that after the implementation of MLFF, vehicles do not need to stop to pay tolls as there would not be any boom barriers.

MLFF is a barrier-free toll system without toll booths and dedicated lanes. The system uses a gantry structure equipped with automated number plate recognition (ANPR) at specific locations.

“The next step is to negotiate with all the toll concession companies on how it will be implemented so as to provide convenience to highway users.”

“After that, we will look into how to integrate the MLFF system where we will establish a command centre managed by the Malaysian Highway Authority (LLM) that needs to be integrated with all municipalities or cities,” he said.

The MLFF is an initiative under the Work Ministry’s Intelligent Transport System (ITS) Master Plan 2019-2023, which was developed to improve the safety of road users and drive the development of IPS applications in the country.

Meanwhile, Fadillah also said the ministry is actively carrying out various initiatives to improve the safety of road users and this included adding weighing sensors to detect overloaded lorries on the road.

He said these sensors are known as “weigh-in-motion” and it could help overcome congestion and road damage.

“Previously, overloaded lorries had to go through a weighing centre managed by the road transport department.”

“However, the ministry received an allocation of RM50 million and it has installed scales on the road without the need for vehicles to enter the weighing centre.”

With these sensors, he said the ministry could automatically detect if a lorry was too heavy and legal action would then be taken against transport companies that break the law.

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