By: Amirul Hazmi
PLUS Malaysia Berhad (PLUS) anticipates 20 percent increase from 1.3 million traffic on normal days, which is about 1.6 million vehicles will use the North-South Expressway (NSE) everyday on peak days throughout the Chinese New Year holidays.
“As such, PLUS will implement various strategies to cope with the traffic increase and at the same time, help the public enjoy smoother journey during the holidays,” said PLUS Managing Director, Dato’ Noorizah Hj Abd Hamid.
As implemented during previous festive seasons, PLUS is issuing a Travel Time Advisory schedule (TTA) for Peak Days travel on the NSE between 5 February and 14 February.
The TTA focuses on traffic distribution and is aimed at reducing traffic congestion on the mainline, most notably at major stretches, toll plazas and rest areas.
“Based on our studies, higher adoption rate of the TTA by the public for outbound and inbound journey had resulted in smoother traffic flow on the mainline,” Noorizah said.
Improving highway level of service
“Among the initiatives are deploying more staff on the highways and the traffic monitoring centre (TMC), increasing the number of PLUSRonda teams and patrolling loops, stationing emergency rescue teams at strategic locations, providing additional parking areas and portable toilets at major rest areas, providing additional tow trucks at selected locations, deploying more than 3,200 staff at toll plazas, conducting aerial traffic surveillance and many more,” Noorizah explained.
In addition, “PLUS will open up contra flow at selected stretches on the mainline. However, the contra flow can only be activated based on the current traffic situation and approval from the Police”, Noorizah added.
According to Noorizah, PLUS will also provide additional facilities such as extra parking spaces, 106 mobile toilets, 28 water tanker trucks as well as manpower support during the festive season.
Up to 30 percent toll rebates
PLUS estimated the peak days to be on 5th to 7th Feb, 8th to 9th Feb and 13th to 14th Feb.
“As part of an effort to distribute the traffic, PLUS will be offering 30 percent toll rebates on 4, 11 and 15 February,” Noorizah elaborated.
A 30 percent toll rebate will be given to Class 1 highway users paying toll electronically (via PLUSMiles, Touch ‘n Go cards or SmartTAGs) on 4, 11 and 15 February. The rebate is given to those travelling more than 100 kilometres on the NSE, ELITE and NKVE highway.
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Exit Toll Plaza
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The toll rebate can be redeemed at all Customer Service Centres on the PLUS highways between 15 March and 14 June this year.
Highway traffic updates
PLUS also advises the public to get the latest traffic updates on the NSE through the PLUSTrafik Twitter service, the PLUS Mobile Apps, the toll free PLUSLine 1800 88 0000, major radio stations and electronic message boards at strategic locations along the highways.
Using the PLUS mobile app, users can use various settings and features such as getting real-time traffic informations, petrol stations available along the highway, ATM machines and rest areas.