Monday, June 21, 2010

Toll rate hike to begin when Second Penang Bridge is ready

Toll rates for the Penang Bridge would be increased to be “in line” with the higher rates fixed for the Second Penang Bridge which is expected to be ready in 2013, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak told the Dewan Rakyat yesterday.

Najib said: “Toll will continue to be imposed on the Second Penang Bridge after the concession agreement for the first bridge ends because the total investment poured in was RM4.5 billion and the concession period is 45 years.”

Najib, who is also finance minister, outlined seven classes of toll rates which would come into effect upon the Second Penang Bridge’s completion.

Class 1 (motorcycles) — RM1.90
Class 2 (cars, taxis and vans, excluding multipurpose vehicles) — RM9.40
Class 3 (two-axle four-wheel vehicles, including pick-up trucks and sports utility vehicles) — RM16.20
Class 4 (two-axle six-wheel lorries, vans and buses) — RM33.60
Class 5 (three-axle lorries) — RM60.60
Class 6 (four-axle lorries) — RM80.80
Class 7 (five-axle lorries) — RM100.90

Class 2 vehicles are currently paying RM7 for a return trip to Penang Island, a rate that has not changed since 1985. Car drivers who pay via Touch and Go cards purchased from the Penang Bridge, however, pay a discounted rate of RM5.60. bridge means new increase...another burden to the people :(

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