Motorists with locally-registered vehicles could receive radio frequency identification (RFID) tags for free from early next year, according to the Malaysian government. These will work with the RFID Tag gateless gantry toll system for electronic toll collection that is currently being rolled out on major highways.

As reported by The Edge and NST, the government is looking to implement the system at all tolled roads nationwide and is currently in talks with Touch ‘n Go to distribute the tags for free.

“The Touch ‘n Go e-wallet system is being developed to allow payment of road charges through RFID tags linked to the Touch ‘n Go e-wallet account, compared with the usage of (Touch ‘n Go) cards presently,” said deputy transport minister Datuk Aziz Kaprawi during a Parliament sitting.

“By early next year, RFID should be available for local vehicles, and the Government is currently discussing with Touch ‘n Go to provide it for free to all Malaysians,” he added in response to a query from Sekijang MP Anuar Abdul Manap.

The implementation of the RFID Tag system is similar to Singapore’s Electronic Road Pricing (ERP), and will gradually phase out Touch ‘n Go card-based toll booths. As the RFID tags will be read by overhead scanners on gantries, stop time at toll booths will be virtually eliminated.

The Touch ‘n Go e-Wallet is now available in the iOS App Store and the Google Play Store.