This year, Chinese New Year falls on February 10, 2024. In a recent announcement, the federal government has declared toll exemptions exclusively for Class 1 vehicles, which include private vehicles, on both February 8 and 9, 2024, aligning with the festive celebrations of the Chinese New Year.
Work Minister, Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi, emphasized that the toll exemption aligns with the government’s commitment to prioritizing the welfare of the people and consistently contributing to easing the cost of living. This initiative underscores the government’s active involvement in providing support and relief measures to alleviate financial burdens and enhance the overall quality of life for the citizens.
The toll-free period will be implemented on all highways starting from midnight on February 8, 2024 (Thursday) and will conclude at 11:59 pm on February 9, 2024 (Friday).
Dato Sri Alexander said, “The estimated financial implication of this initiative is approximately RM42.99 million”.The toll exemptions will specifically be applicable to private vehicles at all toll plazas, with the exception of those located at the national borders, namely the Sultan Iskandar Building (BSI) Toll Plaza and the Tanjung Kupang Toll Plaza in Johor Darul Takzim.
The government encourages motorists utilizing the highways to responsibly take advantage of this opportunity. It is advised that they carefully plan their journeys, considering suggested travel time advisories (TTA), to ensure a safe and secure travel experience. This recommendation underscores the importance of travelers exercising caution and adhering to the provided guidance for a smooth and trouble-free journey.
“Safety and responsible driving practices are emphasised to ensure all highway users reach their destinations safely, making the Chinese New Year celebration more meaningful with their loved ones. Users are also advised to take adequate breaks, ensure sufficient balances in their Touch ‘n Go cards, and verify their e-Wallets before embarking on their journeys”, stated the minister.
This presents an opportune moment for individuals of Indian descent to reconnect with their family members or embark on vacations to various states within Malaysia. The toll exemptions for private vehicles offer a conducive environment for Indians to plan and undertake visits, fostering familial bonds or exploring diverse destinations across the country. This initiative not only facilitates travel but also encourages individuals to make the most of the festive period, creating cherished moments with loved ones and experiencing the cultural richness of different regions in Malaysia.
Source: Dato Sri Alexander Nanta Linggi Instgram