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Malaysia to introduce road pricing scheme in Kuala Lumpur city centre

By Deeq on 11 Oct 2016 in Other News

Attached Image Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) may have plans to introduce a road congestion pricing scheme in the city centre when the Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) begins operations, The Edge reports. Authorities are currently studying the details of the proposed scheme, though it said that the collection rate has yet to be finalised.

“We will implement (road pricing). That will be the last initiative to reduce congestion in the city. We are still looking into the details. We have done a few engagements with the people not only on pricing, but more on how to transform our public transportation in Kuala Lumpur,” DBKL urban planning department senior deputy director Nik Mastura Diyana Nik Mohamad told the publication.

She said that the plan to introduce road pricing had been incorporated in the Kuala Lumpur Structure Plan 2020. The scheme is aimed at reducing the flow of private cars travelling in to the city centre, much like how Singapore’s Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) system works, and encourage people to use public transport.

“This is like what Singapore does. If you go into the city centre at a certain time, which causes congestion, you have to pay,” she said, adding that authorities had been planning to implement a traffic management policy in the city centre as far back as the 1980s, but could not due to the lack of alternative transport.

Phase one of the MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang (SBK) line between Sungai Buloh and the Semantan station in Damansara Heights is scheduled to begin operations on December 31; a three-month long trial run is set to begin this month. The second phase of the SBK line – from Semantan to Kajang – it set to become operational in July 2017.

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Wallaw819 Oct 11 2016 11:17 AM

Old news already. Latest is not implementing.

 

Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) stated it has no plans to impose a road congestion pricing scheme in the city centre when the Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) begins operations, The Sun reports.

“There is no plan to implement a charge system for private cars entering the federal capital after the completion of the MRT project,” said Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Seri Mohd Amin Nordin Abd Aziz, when asked to comment on the report by The Edge.

In last week’s report, DBKL urban planning department senior deputy director Nik Mastura Diyana Nik Mohamad was quoted as saying that the road pricing scheme will be implemented to help reduce the flow of private cars travelling in to the city centre, similar to Singapore’s Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) system.

With DBKL firmly shutting down the idea of a road congestion pricing scheme, do you think this is a right move? Share your thoughts on the matter in the comments below.

Max_Ong Oct 11 2016 11:26 AM

Glad they didn't impose the pricing scheme =) Else the car owner would be financially suffer even deeper

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