Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Toll Rates Up ?? Why Ler?

Aiyoh, how can? Our Toll Rates are already so high. We pay Road Tax, our cars are so expensive, and our roads are so badly maintain, and here we have pay higher Toll Rates?

Why lah? Our petrol prices are already so high, if the toll prices go up even more, then gone lah, no need to drive on the road, we shall all resort to cycling to work and back!

Sigh ... LDP toll is mentioned as one of the Toll Plaza to increase their prices. And that's the one i use! double sigh!

Toll rates will be increased for five concessionaires come Jan 1, 2007, according to Works Minister Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu.

He said the Government could not afford to compensate the concessionaires for the Guthrie Corridor Expressway, Karak Highway, Grand Saga Cheras-Kajang Highway, Lebuhraya Damansara Puchong (LDP) and Kesas Shah Alam Highway the estimated RM2bil, if no increase was approved during this round of concession agreements.

It is understood that this is how much the Government will have to fork out until the concession agreements lapse.

Citing an example, Samy Vellu said the original toll rate when the LDP first opened was RM1.50.

“But because of complaints by the people, it was reduced to RM1. Just because the toll was reduced, it did not mean the balance of 50 sen did not have to be paid,” he said, adding that the Government had to compensate the LDP concessionaire RM68mil last year and RM76mil this year.

Samy Vellu said the quantum of increase would only be finalised after a study by the ministry to make sure the increase was reasonable and would not burden the public.

The last toll increase was on Jan 1, 2005, when Plus Expressways increased toll rates by 10% on the North-South Expressway. In April 2002, Kesas highway also raised its rates by between 20 sen and 60 sen.

More News : STAR

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