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KUALA LUMPUR – CIMB Group Holdings Berhad (“CIMB”) and PLUS Malaysia Berhad (“PLUS”) are offering another payment option to users of PLUS expressways across the country.
This enhanced toll payment services will be facilitated by Touch n’ Go Sdn Bhd (“TNG”) via the TNG RFID tag.
The move allows more convenience for toll payment by deploying the Open Payments mode which enables customers the choice to link their TNG RFID tags to any of their bank accounts, credit cards, debit cards or the TNG e-wallet.
CIMB and TNG will eventually roll-out the system nationwide to replace the TNG card that has been the de facto mode of payment for toll transactions across the country.
“We’re extremely pleased to have been able to work with PLUS to lead this landmark initiative. The democratisation in toll payments is something we fully champion and the CIMB teams, together with the teams at our subsidiary TNG, are committed to collaborating with PLUS and, in time, other highway concessionaires to make Open Payments an accessible reality for all Malaysians,” said Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Aziz, Group Chief Executive Officer, CIMB Group in a joint statement.
For PLUS Managing Director, Datuk Azman Ismail, the added option would ensure that the toll industry is always relevant to market practices.
For starters, TNG RFID services will be available at 10 PLUS open system toll plazas beginning January 1, 2020, and by April 1, 2020, it will be available at all 83 closed system toll plazas.
At Open System toll plazas the fare is based on a fixed rate depending on vehicle class, whereas, the Closed System toll plazas are where vehicles entering are charged rates according to the vehicle class and distance travelled upon exiting the route.
“RFID transactions will be real-time, as our highway customers will receive an immediate notification of their balance and CIMB/TNG have given their commitment to this high standard of service delivery,” added Azman.
The pilot deployment of the TNG RFID services has been available at selected expressways nationwide since the beginning of 2019.
There are currently over 700,000 RFID tags installed on vehicles across Peninsular Malaysia. These tags are currently linked to the TNG e-wallet as a source of funds. The TNG RFID initiative is the first step of a master plan aimed at reducing congestion on Malaysian expressways.
The scheme is implemented in collaboration with the Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Works and Malaysian Highway Authority and there will be absolutely no disruption to the current card, SmartTAG or PayDirect services, says PLUS.