Full implementation of Touch `n' Go system postponed for 6 months
Tuesday, December 17, 2002
Full implementation of Touch `n' Go system postponed
KUALA LUMPUR Dec 16 - The full implementation of the Touch `n' Go system at all highway toll plazas, scheduled to begin Jan 1 next year, would be postponed another six months, said Works Minister Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu.
He said the delay was due to several toll concessionaires which were yet to install the electronic toll payment system.
"The implementation (of the electronic toll payment system) is still being discussed, they (toll concessionaires) have asked for time to implement it and I have agreed for the period to be extended," he told reporters after receiving a visit from Jharkhand Chief Minister, Babu Lal Marandi at his office here today.
On the Jalan Kuching toll concessionaire whose concession period ends next Jan 7, Samy Vellu the toll gates would be opened to the public for free beginning Jan 8 onwards.
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3.33pm Wednesday, December 18, 2002
Another week of suspense for non-Touch 'n Go e-toll payment users
By Joycelyn Lee,
Users of electronic toll payment systems other than the Touch 'n Go card will have to wait at least another week to find out if they have to write off their investments while coughing up more money for the Touch 'n Go card.
"We will answer all questions next week ... we don't want to preempt the minister," said Rangkaian Segar Sdn Bhd (RSSB) chief operating officer Swinder Grewal. RSSB, a 30 per cent associate of Renong Bhd, is the operator of the Touch 'n Go and FastTag electronic toll payment systems.
Grewal also declined to elaborate further when asked when exactly the Touch 'n Go toll payment system would be implemented at the toll plazas that are currently using other electronic toll payment systems.
Works Minister Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu recently announced that the switch from other electronic toll collection systems to the Touch 'n Go system was mandatory. The switch was supposed to have been implemented by Jan 1 but is likely to be delayed because the toll concessionaires have yet to come to an agreement with RSSB.
However, the full implementation of the Touch 'n Go electronic toll payment system is only likely to happen upon conclusion of RSSB's discussions with the other toll concessionaires who are reportedly unhappy with the high commission to be levied by RSSB for the use of the system.
RSSB director Ahmad Pardas Senin expects discussions between RSSB and the toll concessionaires to be concluded some time in the first quarter next year.
The most thorny is the financial issue, where toll concessionaires not only have to possibly write off the investments in their electronic toll payment systems but also stump out more money to install RSSB's Touch 'n Go system as well as the high commission rate of up to 3.7 per cent charged by RSSB.
"There are costs involved and different parties will have different costs, depending on how they manage the migration and integration of the systems," Ahmad Pardas said, when asked how much the migration to the Touch 'n Go systems will cost the toll operators.
Asked if users of other electronic toll systems would be able to switch to the Touch 'n Go system without additional costs, he said: "They have to go back to the respective owners of the systems."
Composed: 22/01/2003 | Modified: 22/01/2003 7.03pm
Rangkaian Segar expects further delay on single toll payment
By Sidek Kamiso
Rangkaian Segar Sdn Bhd, the operator of Touch 'nGo toll collection system, expects a decision on the implementation of the common electronic payment system to be announced after the Chinese New Year.
"We expect the government to announce the decision after the Chinese New Year holiday, after it has received feedbacks from other toll operators," said chief operating officer Swinder Grewal.
She added that the finalisation of the single system had also been delayed because of the recent public holidays, which affected the on-going discussion with the government and other toll road operators.
The Works Ministry initially announced late last year that it planned to make it mandatory for toll road operators to adopt a single payment system and had scheduled to implement the move by Jan 1.
However, the moved was delayed for another six months because other toll operators could not come to an agreement in view of the cost that they have to absorb with the implementation of the single system as well as the additional charges related to the system.
Rating Agency Malaysia Bhd in its recent report had also raised concerns on the move, saying that the single electronic toll collection system could add further financial burden to existing toll road operators and affect their margin.
Meanwhile, one of the affected toll operators, Lingkaran Trans Kota Holdings Bhd said the company was currently in negotiation with Rangkaian Segar on the proposed single toll payment system.
"The negotiation with Rangkaian Segar on the terms and conditions is still on-going," said Litrak general manager of operations Sazally Saidi.
In an e-mail reply to theedgedaily.com, Sazally said the company would keep to the new timetable set by the government, which has given a six-month grace for the affected parties to negotiate the proposed implementation of the single payment system.