16th March 2022 - 2 min read
Transport Minister Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong has said that the government may begin implementing a congestion fee on vehicles that enter the Kuala Lumpur city centre once the Mass Rapid Transit Line 3 (MRT3) is completed in 2030.
The minister stated that the actual decision will only be made when the MRT3 is fully operational, and the city has a “completed public transport network system”. He contends, however, that the introduction of a congestion fee is the right way to go as it will also contribute to environmental sustainability – in line with Malaysia’s aim to become a carbon-neutral nation by 2050.
“This is the correct trend [to introduce the fee] for not only vehicles entering the city, but in terms of environmental protection too,” said Datuk Seri Wee during a parliamentary session, adding that such fees are already being implemented in other major cities globally. Exemptions are, however, typically provided for electric vehicles.
The MRT3 project – which was approved on 4 March 2022 – is essentially the final stretch of track that is required to link the two existing MRT lines (MRT1 and MRT2) around the Greater Klang Valley, thereby forming the Circle Line. The first phase is expected to be open to the public as early as December 2028.
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