News Toll road agency to pilot new tollgate payment system in early 2018
The Toll Road Regulatory Agency (BPJT) will implement early next year a pilot of the multi-lane free flow (MLFF) system, which will complement the fully cashless payment system that started in October, the agency’s head announced on Thursday in Jakarta.
The new system would require the installation of a new structure and devices at all tollgates, while toll road users would need to install on-board units in their vehicles, said BPJT head Herry Trisaputra Zuna.
The MLFF system was similar to the electronic road pricing (ERP) system in Singapore, he added.
“We need to introduce the MLFF system as soon as possible so we can disseminate [information on] it to toll road users,” Herry told The Jakarta Post.
The new system would be tested on several toll roads in Greater Jakarta (Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Tangerang and Bekasi).
During the trial phase of the MLAA system, the new devices will be installed alongside the current tapping devices at tollgates, Herry said. The new system would speed up toll fee transactions to less than 4 seconds, faster than the current card tapping system.
Herry said the BPJT was currently looking for the best available MLAA technology, and was taking all costs into consideration, including the cost of the onboard units that toll road users would need to purchase.
Last week, Public Works and Public Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono said the ministry was studying offers from several vendors of the system. (srs/bbn)