Hari Raya Aidilfitri is happening next week and one can expect to see millions of vehicles driving on the North-South Expressway (NSE) to balik kampung.
To ensure that Malaysians have a smoother journey and to reduce congestion, the highway concessionaire PLUS has released its Travel Time Advisory in conjunction with the Hari Raya Aidilfitri festive season from 29 April until 9 May 2022.
In a statement share on its socials, PLUS advises those travelling from Kuala Lumpur and Selangor region to Perlis, Kedah, Pulau Pinang, Perak (North) and Johor, it is recommended to start your journey before 10.00 am.
If you’re heading to other states, PLUS recommends that you start your journey after 1.00 pm.
On the other hand, those heading back to Klang Valley are advised to start their journey before 9.00 am. This is applicable to all states including Perlis, Kedah, Penang, Perak (North) and Johor.
PLUS explains this Travel Time Agency (TTA) is aimed at distributing and circumventing the convergence of traffic entering the highway at the same time on major highway stretches, toll plazas and rest areas, to reduce congestion.
It is designed to prevent traffic heading towards further destinations from converging with those heading to nearer places. This will guide and help highway users to experience the best possible journey in this unprecedented festive travel period.
Apart from the TTA, PLUS will also be deploying 1,500 customer service team personnel to enhance traffic efficiency at all toll plazas. This is aimed at reducing congestion at all of its 1,100 lanes across 94 toll plazas nationwide.
These additional PLUS customer service assistants will be stationed at the toll plaza lanes to ensure a smooth and seamless drive and assist in the eventuality of toll transaction complications.
Meanwhile, PLUS also remind users to enter and exit the highway with the same payment method to avoid any penalty charges. For example, if you enter the highway with RFID, you should also exit via RFID.
Apart from this, here’s some advice for those travelling back home to ensure that you have a sufficient credit balance for the trip. Before starting your journey, top-up your physical Touch ‘n Go (TNG) card or have a sufficient balance in your TNG eWallet if you’re using RFID.
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