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Eight highways in the country, including the Damansara-Puchong Expressway (LDP) and the Shah Alam Expressway (KESAS), will be entitled to increase its toll rates come next year. This also includes highways operated by PLUS Malaysia Bhd, which had earlier decided to put off such a move until 2016.

According to Works Minister Datuk Fadillah Yusof, the Government has already prepared an allocation amounting to RM593.32 million as compensation for the highway concessionaries, should they be denied any toll rate hike. “I’m not deciding on whether there will be an increase or not. Those entitled to receive hikes for 2016 are eight highways,” Fadillah told Parliament, as reported by The Malay Mail.

The eight highways along with their respective entitled compensations are as follows:

  • North-South Expressway (NSE) – RM214 million
  • Malaysia-Singapore Second Link (MSSL) – RM8.24 million
  • ELITE Highway – RM79.44 million
  • Butterworth-Kulim Expressway (BKE) – RM3.11 million
  • Seremban-Port Dickson Highway – RM1.95 million
  • KESAS Highway – RM92.8 million
  • Damansara-Puchong Expressway (LDP) – RM185.89 million
  • North Klang Straits Bypass Expressway – RM7.85 million

In October, a total of 18 highways increased toll fares, resulting in Class 1 passenger vehicles having to pay between 20 sen to RM2.30 more than before. Despite the price hikes, the government paid RM510 million in compensation to concessionaires for the Jan-Oct 15 period, because toll rates should have been raised in January. Without the toll fare increase, next year’s bill would amount to RM1.6 billion.