Litrak has announced that two of its major highways will go cashless this year. The Damansara-Puchong Highway (LDP) and the Western KL Traffic Dispersal Link System (Sprint) will see the implementation of the Electronic Toll Collection (ETC). The implementation will take place in March 2, for the Sprint highway, including the Kerinchi Link, Penchala Link and Damansara Link and September for the LDP Highway

They will join the long list of tolled highways that have moved to the ETC system, which includes the MEX, NPE, Grand Saga, LKSA, AKLEH, DUKE, SMART, Penang Bridge, among a few others.

According to communication manager of Litrak, Shah Rizal, from 2012 to 2015, the penetration rate of ETC usage has gone up on both highways as there was a shift of preference towards the cashless method. “The penetration rate of ETC usage has increased drastically from 65% to 80% on the Sprint highway. The LDP saw an increase of 59% to 73%,” Shah Rizal said.

“It is estimated that the transaction time for Touch ‘n Go and SmartTAG mode of payments are six seconds and three seconds per vehicle,” Shah Rizal said. As for cash payment method, it takes an estimated time of 15 seconds per vehicle.

Last October, both the LDP and Sprint highways received toll rate hikes. The LDP tolls went up by 50 sen for Class 1 vehicles, while the Sprint expressways (Kerinchi Link, Penchala Link and Damansara Link) all went up by RM1.

Meanwhile, it was also announced that a Chinese New Year discount will be offered for motorists on February 8, from 12am to 11.59pm. Motorists travelling on the LDP will enjoy a discount of 60 sen (all class vehicles), while Sprint highway users will receive a 20 sen discount (all class vehicles).