Klang MP proposes toll at Pulau Indah for heavy vehicles

Charles Santiago.

PETALING JAYA: Klang MP Charles Santiago has raised the idea of a toll collection system in Pulau Indah that is applicable only to heavy vehicles.

Speaking to FMT, he said the rate of road accidents on the island was abnormally high and he alleged that this was due to the high number of buses and lorries that would routinely exceed the speed limit.

“The victims are always motorcyclists and drivers of small cars,” he said.

He speculated that drivers of buses and lorries would be discouraged from speeding if they had to stop at toll gates every now and then.

He said he might propose his idea to the authorities after consulting with transport operators.

Santiago also alleged that many lorries travelling on the island’s roads were often overloaded. He said the evidence was in the high number of potholes on the roads.

The potholes were another reason for accidents involving motorcycles and small cars, he added.

Pulau Indah, formerly known as Pulau Lumut, lies within Santiago’s parliamentary constituency. It is home to West Port, the country’s largest seaport.

The island is linked to the mainland by two bridges: the Pulau Indah Expressway bridge and a bridge that is an extension of the South Klang Valley Expressway.