Road users will need to reload their Touch 'N Go cards with a minimum of RM30 at the South Klang Valley Expressway (SKVE) toll plazas beginning 1 March
The matter was confirmed by the SKVE General Manager of the Operations & Maintenance Division, Zainal Alam Kamaruzzaman
He said that this new measure is being introduced to reduce traffic congestion at the reload lanes available at the toll plazas.
"This decision was made to educate the public to prepare enough money when passing through a toll plaza."
"Additionally, the traffic congestion at the specific reload lanes can be avoided because road users will not need to queue for a long time in order to top-up their cards every day," he told Harian Metro.
At the moment, the reload at a minimum of RM30 is only executed at the designated reload lanes at SKVE. Users can still reload RM10 at the Touch 'N Go sales counters.
The RM30 minimum reload value will also be implemented at other toll plazas soon
According to Zainal, this minimum top-up value of RM30 will not only be implemented at SKVE but also at other highways in the near future.
"However, the announcement will be made by the management from the Association of Highway Concessionaires Malaysia (PSKLM)," he was quoted as saying.
Quite a number of road users opined that the move is rather burdensome, especially at a time when the cost of living is rising rapidly
A few netizens said that there should be other alternatives or measures to reduce traffic congestion at toll plazas rather than increasing the minimum top-up value.
Some said that "not everyone has RM30 cash with them all the time", questioning what will happen when such situation a occurs.
Meanwhile, others said that the toll concessionaire should have conducted some research and collected feedback from road users first before implementing this new initiative.
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