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Intrastate travel on Plus Highway permissible on Sunday

New Straits Times logo New Straits Times 23/5/2020 New Straits Times
a street filled with traffic next to a highway: PLUS Malaysia Bhd (PLUS) is advising Malaysians to be responsible and not risk the safety of themselves and others by travelling between states in an attempt to “balik Kampung” to celebrate Aidilfitri. - NSTP/ASYRAF HAMZAH © Provided by New Straits Times PLUS Malaysia Bhd (PLUS) is advising Malaysians to be responsible and not risk the safety of themselves and others by travelling between states in an attempt to “balik Kampung” to celebrate Aidilfitri. - NSTP/ASYRAF HAMZAH

PLUS Malaysia Bhd (PLUS) is advising Malaysians to be responsible and not risk the safety of themselves and others by travelling between states in an attempt to "balik Kampung" to celebrate Aidilfitri.

"We echo and support the authorities' initiatives to flatten the spread of the coronavirus. Understandably, the new normal requires us to break tradition this Raya by staying safe at home and visiting close family members, living within the same state.

"It would be a waste of our time, effort and sacrifice over these past 65 days, since March 18 when the Movement Control Order (MCO) began, should Green Zones be infected because we did not act responsibly," emphasised Datuk Azman Ismail, Managing Director of PLUS.

"The police are enforcing stringent roadblocks along our highways, and errant travellers will be fined and asked to turn back home," cautioned Azman.

Under the extended Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO), the public is banned from interstate travel and the balik kampung journey is no exception. However, intrastate travel on PLUS highway is permissible.

Despite the roadblocks along the mainline as well as interchanges, PLUSRonda patrol units continue to loop within their highway sections to keep travellers safe.

The surau in the majority of PLUS's R&R laybys are closed, but the public washrooms and parking areas are open. However, selected R&R and layby stall operators offer take-away food thanks to a newly-upgraded PLUS app that has a pre-order function, reinforcing social distancing. But food and beverage purchase via packages are available only at selected R&R stalls, two Overhead Bridge Restaurants and eight selected laybys operating from 7am to 10pm.

Through its traffic trend analysis, PLUS anticipates that slightly over one million vehicles will be plying its highways during the Syawal festive season. As standard safety practice during every festive season, the PLUS Emergency Response Team (ERT) will collaborate with highway safety and law enforcement partners, including the police, Fire and Rescue Department and Civil Defence Force at several key strategic locations at the main toll plazas to provide support and emergency assistance during this Raya period.

To avoid any possible transmission of Covid-19, highway customers are encouraged to reload their Touch 'n Go cards, ensuring sufficient balance at petrol stations, Self-Service Kiosks (SSKs), convenience stores, ATM machines and other locations available nationwide before entering the highway. To find the nearest SSKs or reload centres visit www.touchngo.com.my.

PLUS has initiated the following to ensure its highways are safer and more comfortable for those who are travelling within their home state to celebrate Raya:

• Deployment of 2,900 personnel along the PLUS highway eco-system.

• Traffic drone monitoring to facilitate traffic flow mitigation at strategic locations along the highway.

• Closing of reload lane at toll plazas to prevent Covid-19 spread through direct interventions among PLUS staff and highway customers.

• Providing additional cranes and towing trucks at strategic locations for faster stranded vehicle clearing works on highway.

• Providing 149 PLUSRonda teams for 24-hour highway patrolling.

• Providing 42 staff at the Traffic Monitoring Centre during the festive season.

Additionally, interstate travellers can get the latest traffic information through PLUSTrafik Twitter, PLUSLine's toll-free number at 1800 88 0000, the PLUS Mobile Application, electronic signage along the highways, and via local radio stations.

They are also advised to use Waze and Google Map Applications to avoid congestion along the highways. At the same time, the public can interact with the PLUS Chatbot, "PUTRI" and obtain various information, ranging from traffic updates, toll fares, PLUSMiles, products, facilities, and promotions to events on the PLUS website (www.plus.com.my), PLUSMiles portal (www.plusmiles.com.my), and the PLUS Mobile App.

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