You may soon be able to use any lane at toll plazas in the Klang Valley, regardless of their payment method if the Federal Territories Ministry’s proposal to incorporate all technologies at all lanes is given the green light.
According to The Star, its deputy minister Datuk Seri Jalaluddin Alias said the ministry has asked the Malaysian Highway Authority (LLM) to discuss the matter.
He added that this proposal was intended to reduce traffic congestion in the city, especially during peak hours.
“Often when approaching a toll plaza, motorists have to change course towards the lane designated for their preferred method of payment.”
“For example, an RFID user must pivot to the designated lane, and most times only one lane is provided.”
“This causes congestion as motorists tend to jostle for space to pay for toll,” he was quoted as saying.
In addition, Jalaluddin also proposed for toll gates to be disabled temporarily during peak hours to allow for faster traffic dispersal.
“An alternative method must be identified so that vehicles can pass through the plazas faster during peak commute times,” he said.
However, the proposal has yet to be discussed with the Transport Ministry (MoT) and Jalaluddin discussions will be held with the MoT after getting feedback from LLM.
There have been intensifying calls to review the traffic condition in Kuala Lumpur in recent weeks, as the people’s frustration over the matter grows.
As an immediate measure to ease the traffic conditions, Jalaluddin said DBKL would remove all roadside parking and traders in stages.
While the long-term measures include expanding public transport networks as well as building more underpasses and underground tunnels for pedestrians.
“Bus lanes in Kuala Lumpur may also be reactivated, in addition to integrating between the different highway concessionaires,” he added.
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