Driving in the city may soon be a luxury as the authorities are planning to impose congestion charges or environmental fees on vehicles entering Kuala Lumpur, said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.
Wee said this in response to a supplementary question from Lembah Pantai MP Fahmi Fadzil in the Dewan Rakyat yesterday (15 March).
“A traffic congestion fee – also known as an environmental fee – is a trend for mega cities. For example, in London, it is imposed on vehicles entering the city with exceptions given for electric vehicles or Evs,” Wee said.
He added that his Ministry will also look at matters such as the restructuring of parking fees in the city.
Wee said that the environmental fees imposed on vehicles entering the city was not solely to address traffic congestion but also environmental concerns.
Meanwhile, Wee said that the proposal to implement a congestion charge, or environmental fee, will be deliberated when the MRT3 Circle Line is completed.
He also said the MRT3 is expected to be fully completed by 2030, with the first phase of the loop line to be operational as early as December 2028.
The MRT3 is said to be the finishing piece in the Klang Valley’s rail public transport network. The loop line will be around 51 km-long, running along the perimeter of KL city and linking together places that aren’t currently connected.
Wee informed that the line will intersect populated areas such as in Ampang Jaya, as well as the existing MRT 1 and 2 lines as well as the monorail and KTM Komuter.
In April last year, MRT Corp was reported to be looking at 30 stations for the Circle Line, including some 10 interchanges with existing rail lines. Some of the proposed stations are Bukit Kiara, INTAN (National Institute of Public Administration), Sri Hartamas, Mont Kiara, Jalan Duta, Matrade, Jalan Kuching, Sentul West, Sentul East, Ayer Panas, Semarak, Setiawangsa, Ampang Point, Desa Pandan, Pandan Indah, Taman Perdana, Taman Midah, Hospital Canselor Tuanku Muhriz UKM (previously known as HUKM), Kuchai Lama, Old Klang Road and Pantai Dalam.
The project will be built in 5 phases over 10 years, but each completed phase will be able to operate independently. Wee said that 80% of the new line will be elevated while 20% of it will be underground.
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