Toll collection at four locations across the country were abolished at midnight, January 1, in line with that announced by prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in Budget 2018. The four toll plazas are PLUS Batu Tiga and Sungau Rasau in Selangor, Bukit Kayu Hitam in Kedah and the Eastern Dispersal Link (EDL) in Johor.

In Selangor, the cessation of toll collection at the Sungai Rasau toll plaza was marked by a brief ceremony, Bernama reports. Among those present at the event were PLUS managing director Datuk Azman Ismail, deputy works minister Datuk Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin and Malaysian highway authority director-general Datuk Ismail Md Salleh.

The abolition of the toll at Batu Tiga and Sungai Rasau plazas, which began on Nov 15, 1993, is expected to benefit up to 270,000 motorists in Shah Alam and Klang, saving them between RM48.40 and RM126 a month, the report added.

Back in 2015, it was reported that a total of 155,662 vehicles pass through the Batu Tiga plaza on a daily basis, with 110,978 vehicles doing the same at Sungai Rasau, making for an average of RM378,000 daily collection from the two plazas.

The toll rate at Sungai Rasau was RM1 for Class 1 vehicles, RM1.30 for Class 2 vehicles, RM2 for Class 3 vehicles, RM 0.40 for taxis and RM0.80 for buses, while the rate at Batu Tiga was RM1.10 for Class 1 vehicles, RM1.50 for Class 2 vehicles, RM2.20 for Class 3 vehicles, RM 0.40 for taxis and RM0.90 for buses.

Meanwhile, the abolition of toll collection at Bukit Kayu Hitam after 32 years is expected to inject development in the dynamic border town, according to state assemblyman Datuk Ahmad Zaini Japar. He said the move would help people and traders who commute in the area for business and tourism, and also attract more visitors from neighbouring countries.

As for the EDL, the works ministry said that motorists at the Sultan Iskandar Building toll plaza in Johor Bahru will only need to pay PLUS tolls to the Johor Causeway following the end of toll collection at the EDL expressway.