The PLUS Malaysia Berhad (PMB), one of the largest listed toll expressway operators in Southeast Asia, is phasing outs its paper transit ticketing system and will instead issue a new reusable smart transit card for travelers of the North-South Express (NSE) and ELITE highway.
According to mysinchew.com, the smart card-based system is one of the PLUS’ latest strategies to improve toll plaza operations through the upgrading of its toll system in line with current technology and support the government’s “Go Green” policy to preserve the environment by using recyclable transit cards.
For the initial trial, cash-paying users will be given the reusable smart transit card upon entering the highway and it must be surrendered to PLUS when they exit the highway and pay the toll. The reusable smart transit card system has also been implemented on the NSE between the Sungai Dua and Hutan Kampung toll plazas.
In December 2008, the Malaysia expressway operator unveiled its toll rebate loyalty program – PLUSMiles. Each card is equipped with a “Touch ‘n Go” feature use for toll payments and other services such as major public transport service in the Klang Valley and parking facilities.
The PLUSMiles card can also be used to receive 5 percent toll rebates or points reward for toll usage at PLUS highways, in addition to discounts from participating merchants.
PLUS managing director Datuk Noorizah Abd Hamid affirmed that the use of the new smart transit card will not affect users paying toll electronically via the PLUSMile card.