KUALA LUMPUR - The toll rates for 15 major highways are expected to increase next year.
Although the exact amount has yet to be determined, the increase could range between 50 sen and RM2, said Works Minister Datuk Fadillah Yusof.
He added that the toll concession agreements between the government and highway concessionaires were due for a review and operators would be entitled to an increment next month.
"The government is discussing the details. We are not sure about the exact amount as we have to look at the economic aspect and listen to the voices of the people.
"Many are unhappy about the RM400 million (S$154 million) compensation the government had to pay highway concessionaires, while highway users are unhappy about the increment," he told New Straits Times yesterday.
He said the government was looking to strike a balance for all on the toll hike issue.
Litrak Group chief executive officer Sazally Saidi said it had yet to receive any decision from the government concerning a rise in toll rates. Litrak is the concessionaire for the Damansara-Puchong Highway (LDP).
In Putrajaya, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Abdul Wahid Omar said future toll highway projects would have to be accompanied by studies on how a potential toll rate hike would affect the people.
The study would also cover what toll fee the public was willing to pay before the government awards future concessions.