PLUS highway users who pay electronically will enjoy a 30% toll rebate on August 15, 16, 22, 23 and 31, as part of a traffic dispersion strategy and to encourage more people to embrace electronic toll payment. The rebate can be redeemed at all PLUS customer centres from October 1 to the end of the year.

Exceptions are the Tanjung Kupang, Bukit Kayu Hitam, Bangunan Sultan Iskandar and the Penang Bridge toll plazas, which will not be offering rebates.

The highway concessionaire has also issued its Travel Time Advisory (TTA) to help motorists avoid excessive congestion during the holidays by suggesting ideal times to join the highway.

“We expect those in the Klang Valley to start leaving for their kampungs on August 17 and 18 (Friday and Saturday). As such, based on the TTA, we advise those heading towards Kedah, Perlis, Penang and Johor to enter the North-South Expressway before 12pm. Whereas those heading towards other destinations such as Kuala Kangsar, Changkat Jering, Taiping and Malacca can enter the highway between 12pm and 3pm,” said PLUS COO Mohammad Fuad Khusairi.

PLUS expects a 30% jump in North-South Expressway traffic to 1.4 million vehicles every day during this Hari Raya and Merdeka season. It has thus taken some steps to cope, including increasing staff, temporarily halting roadworks and providing Reload ‘n Go counters at 25 petrol stations on the highway.