KUALA LUMPUR, March 20 — Studies on implementing the multi-lane free flow (MLFF) toll collection system will commence in 2024, Deputy Works Minister Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Mohamad said today.
He told Parliament that because a RM3.46 billion allocation was involved, the government would not implement the system without any studies conducted.
“It involves a huge cost, now it’s already March, it can’t be that we implement it without studies. Otherwise, it will become worse (traffic congestion).
“And we will be replacing the existing (structure) with new (structure) as the MLFF does not have a pole in between,” Abdul Rahman said during his winding-up speech on the Budget 2023.
The MLFF system was first announced last October by the previous administration and expected to be introduced by 2025.
“In line with the government’s plans towards the MLFF system, the government is working on the implementation of the MLFF starting with a utilisation study to begin in 2024, and we expect by 2025 it will be in full swing — without having to use those ugly-looking beams as the Yang Berhomat has mentioned earlier.
“The LOI (Letter of Intent) has been issues to the concessionaire to ensure that studies will be conducted smoothly,” Abdul Rahman said adding that it will help reduce traffic congestion.
As preparation for the system, he added that the government will make available an open payment system to allow debit and credit cards to be used alongside the Touch ‘n Go.
“There will be no increase in toll fares,” he added.