Works minister: Paying RFID tolls using Touch ‘n Go alternatives ‘a big possibility’

Malay Mail
Malay Mail

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 17 — Works Minister Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi today said that there is a big possibility that Malaysian drivers will be able to use other cashless methods to pay for tolls using the radio frequency identification (RFID) other than the Touch ‘n Go eWallet.

Allowing other cashless methods of payment would offer more convenience to highway users, he said on Astro Awani programme Consider This tonight.

“This e-wallet thing should be seamless... so that one doesn’t have to be dedicated to just one or two concessionaires.

“That I think is a big possibility,” he said.

He also dismissed complaints about RFID detection, explaining that it is important for the placement of the RFID sticker to be accurate in order for it to be detected by the scanner.

“It also depends on where users place the [sticker] so that the detection is more efficient,” he said.

Besides that, the name of the "Multi-Lane Free Flow" (MLFF) system has been changed to "Multi-Lane Fast Flow" to avoid confusing highway users, he added.

“I said, ‘can we just change the words free flow?’ because I do not want the users to think it’s free,” he said with a laugh.

Users should also know by now that the government intends to do away with Touch n’ Go and SmartTag lanes as part of the movement towards implementation of the MLFF system by 2025, he added.

RFID is part of the transition to the MLFF system, which is a non-stop toll collection system to prevent congestion at toll plazas, introduced by then Senior Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof last year.

Last week, Nanta Linggi announced the addition of 12 new RFID lanes to be in place by mid-April, following chronic complaints of vehicle back-ups at toll plazas nationwide.

RFID was first introduced in Malaysia in 2018 but the implementation has been less than smooth, with many complaints of traffic congestion and lack of seamlessness.