Highway tolls in Malaysia set to rise

Rate hike expected to take effect on 15 major expressways next month

 
Traffic on one side of the east-west link highway in Kuala Lumpur. Malaysians are bracing for higher toll rates on 15 major expressways in the peninsula starting Jan 1, after government ministers said a rate hike is inevitable due to agreements with private toll companies. -- PHOTO: CHINA PRESS

FIRST, fuel prices in Malaysia went up. Then electricity tariffs. Now highway tolls are next.

Malaysians are bracing for higher toll rates on 15 major expressways in the peninsula starting Jan 1, after government ministers said a rate hike is inevitable due to agreements with private toll companies.

Works Minister Fadillah Yusof said a toll hike of between 50 sen and RM2 (S$0.77) - to as much as double the current rates in some cases - is expected next month.

It is the first such increase since 2011. The government may review prices with toll concessionaires every three years.

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