KUALA LUMPUR: The implementation of the Open Payment System (OPS) for toll collection, which allows highway users to pay tolls using debit and credit cards, officially began today on 11 highways.
The highways are the Ampang-Kuala Lumpur Elevated Expressway (Akleh), Guthrie Corridor Expressway (GCE), Sungai Besi Expressway (Besraya), New Pantai Expressway (NPE), Damansara-Puchong Expressway (LDP), Shah Alam Expressway (Kesas), SMART Tunnel, Sprint Expressway, Kuala Lumpur-Putrajaya Expressway (MEX), Duta-Ulu Klang Expressway (DUKE) and Butterworth-Kulim Expressway (BKE).
Works minister Alexander Nanta Linggi said the implementation of the OPS would provide alternatives to existing toll payment methods such as Touch ‘n Go, Smart Tag and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID).
“Our objective is to provide payment options for users since previously, there were only one or two systems and sometimes a road user’s (Touch ‘n Go) card balance is not sufficient (for toll payment). So, road users now have another option, namely the OPS.
“This is also the first step towards implementing the multi-lane free flow (MLFF) system in the future,” he said after officiating the implementation of the system at the Loke Yew toll plaza on Besraya today.
Nanta said that so far, 12 highways have agreed to implement the OPS. The implementation of the system on Penang Bridge is expected to begin at the end of this year to allow the concessionaire to study it further.
In the meantime, he said discussions are ongoing to expand the implementation of the OPS on other highways.
The implementation of OPS is part of the MYjalan campaign initiative undertaken by the works ministry, the Malaysian Highway Authority (MHA) and highway concessionaires to provide convenience to road users.