The Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation is funding a RM19.6 million project to replace the existing boom gates at our toll plazas with electronic gantries and radio-frequency identification (RFID) stickers, reports The Star today.
When completed in 2018, the new system promises to smoothen traffic flow at toll plazas.
Speaking after the “proof-of-concept” event for the multi-lane free flow system at Technology Park Malaysia here yesterday, MOSTI’s Deputy Minister Datuk Dr Abu Bakar Mohamad Diah told The Star:
“The aim is very clear. We want to eliminate bottlenecks at toll plazas, especially during festive seasons.
“Until this June, Malaysia had more than 322,000 new registration of passenger and commercial vehicles.
“This number will increase by the year’s end,”
Bakar added that the system was already ready for implementation but needs some further fine-tuning.
“Phase Two will take place in probably four months and then we will see Phase Three. If we complete all the phases, we can see the system being implemented by 2018,” he said.
“In 2020, the number of vehicles on the road is expected to reach 48 million. This shows a need for toll operators to improve their efficiency in managing toll plazas,” he added.
The project is a joint collaboration between Quatriz System Sdn Bhd, Touch & Go and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.