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We may see less of the sudden and widespread hikes in toll rates – as experienced last month – in the future, if the latest report from Bernama rings true.

According to the national news agency, the government has revised the terms of its agreement with highway concessionaires with regards to toll rates, with works minister Datuk Fadillah Yusof claiming that it has abolished one of the terms present in the previous agreement – namely the automatic increase in toll rates.

“When there is an application from the concessionaire to increase the toll rate, we will check and study the company’s statements, whether they had achieved the estimated traffic flow along the highway in the area,” he said. “If the traffic flow reached the estimate, then we will not allow the increase.”

Fadillah added that the government may allow increases in rates if traffic flow failed to reach estimates, in consideration of the concessionaire that had to bear the financial commitment.

Eighteen highways and expressways experienced toll rate hikes in mid-October – these include AKLEH, Besraya, DUKE, Grand Saga, Guthrie Corridor Expressway, Kajang SILK, Karak, LATAR, LEKAS, LKSA, MEX, NPE, SMART tunnel, Senai-Desaru Expressway, Butterworth Outer Ring Road (BORR), Sprint Expressway, LDP and SKVE.