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Here are some updates for those who are travelling during Deepavali, which falls on November 10. A 10% discount on toll fares will be given on the Sungai Besi Highway (Besraya), New Pantai Expressway (NPE) and the Kajang-Seremban Highway (Lekas) from 12.01 am next Tuesday to midnight.

The IJM Toll Division advised south-bound motorists to use the Lekas and east-bound motorists to use Besraya’s new Eastern Extension from Salak Selatan or Jalan Istana to MRR2 through the Loke Yew toll plaza. Also continuing tradition and providing a 10% discount is the Maju Expressway (MEX), from 12 am until 11.59 pm.

The bigger news is from PLUS, which is offering a 20% discount for those paying toll electronically (PLUSMiles, Touch n Go, SmartTAG) on the North-South Expressway (NSE), Butterworth-Kulim Expressway (BKE), North-South Expressway Central Link (Elite) and the Malaysia-Singapore Second Link. No rebates at Tanjung Kupang, Bukit Kayu Hitam, Bangunan Sultan Iskandar and Penang Bridge toll plazas.

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Motorists have to pay the full amount on November 10, and the 20% toll rebate can be redeemed when one reloads his/her electronic card at all PLUS customer service centres between December 15, 2015 and March 14, 2016.

PLUS has also released a travel time advisory (TTA) schedule for the November 6-15 period that it hopes motorists will follow. “The TTA plays a crucial role in helping the public to plan their journey whereby PLUS expects the traffic on the NSE will increase by 8% to 1.4 million vehicles daily on peak days during Deepavali as compared to 1.3 million vehicles on normal days,” said COO Mohammad Fuad Khusairi.

TTA is a staggered travelling schedule for various destinations along the NSE. It is part of PLUS’ strategy to distribute traffic and reduce traffic congestion on the mainline, rest areas and toll plazas. The system works on car registration numbers, and you can find out how it works in the graphic above.