KUALA LUMPUR (March 21, 2007): Users of the 19 expressways nationwide have to date forked out RM23.656 billion in tolls since the first highway was commissioned in 1988.
The total cost of construction of the highways is RM18.93 billion, according to figures released by the Works Ministry.
In a written reply to Teresa Kok (DAP-Seputeh) in the Dewan Rakyat yesterday, Works Minister Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu revealed that the North-South Expressway (under PLUS), built at a cost of RM5.94 billion, topped the list of toll collections.
From the start of its operation in 1988 until last year, it collected RM15.91 billion in tolls. The maintenance cost for PLUS, which had been granted 50 years to collect tolls, is RM27.83 million a month or RM330 million a year.
Penang Bridge, which started operations in 1993, has collected RM1.7 billion to date.
Of the five Klang Valley highways – Lebuhraya Damansara-Puchong (LDP), Lebuhraya Shah Alam (Kesas), Cheras-Kajang Highway (Grand Saga), KL-Karak Highway and Guthrie Highway – which had their toll rates increased by between 30% and 70% on Jan 1, Kesas topped the toll collection list.