First, they gave us the good news:24/2 Charges for Salak Jaya toll on Sg Besi highway abolished as of 12:30pm, Works Minister also announces RM649mil extension of the highway/STARTwo days later, they whack you with the bad news:26/2 Toll rates for the North-South Expressway, Sprint Highway, Ampang Elevated Highway, Sg Besi Highway, and the NPE will be increased on March 1/STARIt's not funny, I tell you. Good news involving one toll and then you're told to pay more at 5 other tolls! Apa ni, brother? We are on the verge of an economic slowdown, and I think the Works Minister should find a way to ease the people's woes. Try freezing any increase in toll charges until better times, for example, it would gel nicely with the government's Economic Stimulus Package.
As it is, the rates for the New Pantai Expressway, especially, are excessive. The short drive from Bandar Kinrara, where I live, to Bangsar is RM4.20 one way (three toll gates: RM1, RM1.60 and RM1.60). Fortunately, there is still an alternative way to get from Bandar Kinrara to Bangsar. In some cases, there are no alternative routes left and one has to pay toll whether one likes it or not.
Toll Hike = Inflation + Political Suicide