Touch n’ Go stakeholders PLUS Malaysia and CIMB have announced that the two parties have come to an agreement for providing additional payment options at PLUS highways across the country, the highway operator and the banking group said in a joint statement. The additional payment options will be facilitated by Touch n’ Go Sdn Bhd via the TnG RFID tag.

The open payment facility will give users the options of linking their TnG RFID tags to a bank account, credit card or debit card of their choice, in addition to the Touch n’ Go e-wallet. Over time, the RFID-driven payment system is expected to replace the TnG card that has been the de facto mode of payment for toll transactions in the country, the statement said.

The Touch n’ Go RFID services will initially be available at 10 open-system toll plazas at PLUS expressways by January 1 next year, followed by all 83 closed-system toll plazas on PLUS expressways by April 1, 2020. It is also the intent of CIMB and Touch n’ Go to roll out the open payments facility to all highway concessionaires in Malaysia in the future, the statement added.

This scheme is being devised and coordinated in collaboration with the ministry of transport, minstry of works and the Malaysian Highway Authority, the statement said, adding that there will be ‘absolutely no disruption’ to the current services rendered by the physical Touch n’ Go card, SmartTag or PayDirect.

The Touch n’ Go RFID service have been in operation as a pilot on select expressways in the country from the beginning of 2019. There are currently over 700,000 tags installed on vehicles in Peninsular Malaysia, and the tags are currently linked the the Touch n’ Go e-wallet for funds, the joint statement said.

“RFID transactions will be real time, as our highway customers will receive immediate notification of their balance and CIMB/TNG have given their commitment to this high standard of service delivery,” said PLUS managing director Datuk Azman Ismail.

“We will continue to innovate from within and ensure we are always working with our toll concessionaire partners to bring convenience and effective multi-dimensional solutions to Malaysian road users. We see this as the next phase in the evolution of payments, one that is more inclusive and suitable for the future of Malaysia’s expressways,” said CIMB Group CEO Tengku Datuk Sri Zafrul Aziz.