Baru Bian: Decision on toll abolition in 2 to 3 months

Works Minister Baru Bian says his ministry will find a solution mutually beneficial to stakeholders and the new government.

KUALA LUMPUR: The decision on abolishing highway toll collection will be known in two to three months, says Works Minister Baru Bian.

He said currently the ministry had received several proposals from the highway concession companies involved and would evaluate all the proposals before making a decision.

“We are still negotiating to find a solution mutually beneficial to both stakeholders and the new government.

“What would be decided then would be the best solution to all stakeholders. I believe it would then be implemented.

“I understand all stakeholders are very positive with the economic situation we are in at the moment.

“Because of that, they are very understanding. We hope there will be mutual understanding and there will be a mutual conclusion and agreement.”

He was speaking at the opening of the Man-Hours Without Lost-Time Injury (LTI) Appreciation ceremony for highway projects under construction at the Bandar Mahkota Cheras Highway construction site.

He said among the proposals provided by concession companies were rebates, an extension of highway concessions and giving discounts.

At the appreciation ceremony, the minister said the Malaysian Highway Authority (LLM) recorded 35.7 million injury-free hours for highway projects under construction from the start of the project construction to July this year.

He said the achievement was from seven highway projects, namely West Coast Expressway (WCE) (13.62 million hours), Damansara–Shah Alam Highway (DASH) (4.85 million) and Sungai Besi–Ulu Klang Highway (SUKE) (5.65 million).

Other projects are East Klang Valley Expressway (EKVE) (5.53 million), Setiawangsa–Pantai Expressway (SPE) (3.18 million), Putrajaya–KLIA Highway (MEX) (1.69 million) and the Bandar Serenia–ELITE Highway multi-level interchange (1.19 million).

“This shows the commitment given by LLM to ensuring concession companies comply with guidelines set on safety at construction sites,” he said.