Motorists using the Lebuhraya Damansara-Puchong (LDP) and Maju Expressway (MEX) on August 31 will enjoy toll-free travel on the day, The Sun reports. Motorists will be able to drive through the toll plazas on these two highways without having to pay throughout Merdeka Day, beginning from 12 am on August 31, Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof said.

The decision by both highway operators, Lingkaran Trans Kota (Litrak) and Maju Expressway to dispense with toll collection for the day is in the spirit of Merdeka, he said. When asked by reporters if other highway concessionaires in the country would do the same, Fadillah said that “it’s a possibility, but we’ll see if other operators will announce it.”

According to Malaysian Association of Highway Concession Companies (PSKLM) deputy president Sazally Saidi, some highway operators are mulling on giving toll-free access to road users this Merdeka. “There have been discussions among the highway operators but so far only two operators are offering. It is up to respective concessionaires to decide,” he said.

He added that Sprint Expressway users will enjoy a 20 sen discount on Merdeka Day at the Damansara Link, Kerinchi Link and Penchala Link toll plazas.