There’s still no word on whether there will be an increase in toll rates for the PLUS highways, as The Sun reports. Works minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof said the government hasn’t made a decision on the matter.

“According to my earlier statement, there are eight highways entitled for increment this year, but nothing yet – if anything, we’ll issue a statement,” he told reporters yesterday.

It had been reported in March that a decision regarding the increase of toll rates for the PLUS highways would only be made in June. Last December, the ministry had stated that no discussion or decisions had been made on the matter at the ministerial level and that there were no plans to hike the toll rates on eight highways, but added that if an increase was not agreed to, the government would have to fork out as much as RM593 million in compensation.

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Under a revised concession agreement (CA), PLUS Malaysia is allowed to increase toll rates by five percent every three years starting from 2016. The increase will continue until the concession period expires in December 2038.

PLUS has a total of eight concessions – North-South Expressway (NSE), the New Klang Valley Expressway (NKVE), Federal Highway Route 2 (FHR2), Seremban Port-Dickson Highway, North-South Expressway Central Link (NSECL), Malaysia-Singapore Second Link (MSSL), Butterworth-Kulim Expressway (BKE), and the Penang Bridge.