30% Toll Rebate for Electronic Toll Transactions for upcoming CNY
PLUS announced that motorist using the North-South Expressway (NSE), ELITE highway and New Klang Valley Expressway (NKVE) who are required to pay toll electronically on all long distance travel (classified as trips that are more than 100 kilometres) will be able to enjoy a 30 percent toll rebate when these transactions are paid via their Touch N Go cards.
“The 30 percent toll rebate, which will be given to Class 1 highway users (light vehicles with 2 axles and 3 or 4 wheels except taxi) travelling more than 100 kilometres and paying toll electronically (via PLUSMiles card, Touch ‘n Go card or SmartTAG) on 4, 11 and 15 February.” says PLUS Managing Director, Dato’ Noorizah Hj Abd Hamid.
The rebate shall be credited to the user via their electronic card upon their reload which can be done between 15 March 2016 and 14 June 2016. Motorists are reminded that although their deductions from the electronic card for the travel dates will show the full amount, the 30% rebate can only be credited for reloads done between these dates at all PLUS customer service centres.
As an incentive, the rebate is especially useful in helping PLUS distribute traffic as well as an inducement for motorists who have yet to change to electronic payment cards during the busy holiday period.
“The toll rebate can be enjoyed throughout the day on the above dates and is not restricted to a particular time frame,” Noorizah explained.
PLUS anticipates that traffic on the NSE will increase by 20 percent to 1.6 million vehicles per day on peak days on 5, 6, 7, 9, 13 and 14 February.
“As such, we are also issuing a Travel Time Advisory (TTA) to help the public plan their journey and avoid traffic congestion on Peak Days during the holidays. Additionally, PLUS will be also introducing new initiatives will be shared with the media and public during a media briefing and press conference on 28 January (Thursday),” Noorizah said.
Anti-Skid pavement for PLUS Highways to reduce accidents
In a separate development, PLUS has taken active measures to introduce an ‘anti-skid’ surface to help reduce accidents on its highways. The application of Anti-Skid Pavement at several interchanges has seen a reduction in the number of accidents at the affected areas.
According to PLUS Chief Operating Officer, Mohammad Fuad Khusairi, “The technology, which is being used at critical areas such as slip roads at the Rawang, Bangi, Kajang, Bertam, Ayer Hitam, Yong Peng and several other interchanges, has helped to reduce accidents by 50 percent.”
According to Fuad, the Anti-Skid Pavement material increases friction between the pavement and tyre surface. Higher friction increases tyre grip and prevents vehicles from sliding at bends and corners during the rain.
“To date, PLUS has spent approximately RM5.5 million to apply the Anti-Skid Pavement initiative at various locations on the highway. Based on our study and record, we are confident that the German-based technology will continue to reduce the number of accidents at these selected locations,” Fuad added.
The Anti-Skid Pavement also consists of a layer of sealant coating which is used to ‘lock’ the anti-skid aggregate.
“Although the coating appears as if it is slippery and oily, it actually increases grip and prevents vehicles from skidding,” Fuad explained.
The Anti-Skid Pavement is also widely used in Germany, Japan, Korea, Australia, Switzerland and other countries. Apart from highways, it is also used for bridge surfaces and airport runways.
“Nevertheless, although the Anti-Skid Pavement brings positive impacts on highway safety, PLUS urges highway users to adhere to the speed limit at slip roads at all interchanges. PLUS also reminds drivers to ensure that their tyres are in good condition at all times,” ended Fuad.