Touch n’ Go has announced that the TNG RFID tag is now available for purchase for RM35 across fitment centres nationwide from the 15th of February 2020. This means that new installations, as well as replacements on the same vehicle will set you back RM35—this follows the conclusion of the pilot programme that covered 22 highways in the past year and a half.
According to Syahrunizam Samsuddin, CEO of Touch n’ Go:
“We have invested 1 million TNG RFID Tags for Malaysians to experience this technology during our public pilot programme these past 18 months. Now it is time for us to move forward and continue to expand the use of RFID technology together with our partners across the mobility ecosystem. This includes fuelling, parking, retail drive-throughs.”
Currently, TNG has 81 mobile fitment crews in operation, while there have been 55 million transactions to date recorded, with 1 million cars fitted with the TNG RFID Tag. Self-fitment packs where users will be able to install the RFID tag at home are also expected soon.
Something interesting to note is that TNG plans to expand the use of RFID tech for payments at drive-throughs, parking, or even fuelling. Additionally, this also means that you have just over a week where you can still get your TNG RFID Tag installed for free. Click here for more information on how to get an RFID Tag installed.
Meanwhile, TNG is also having a promotion where from the 15th of February 2020 till the 15th of April 2020, 40 winners will win the “Ultimate RFID Toll Pass”, worth RM2,500. This continued push towards an RFID community is also in line with the government’s efforts to improve the highway experience for Malaysians, along with a move towards multi-lane free flow (MLFF).
The RFID system is supported at the following highways:
- Ampang-Kuala Lumpur Elevated Highway (AKLEH)
- Besraya Expressway (BESRAYA)
- Butterworth – Kulim Expressway (BKE)
- Butterworth Outer Ring Road (BORR)
- Duta – Ulu Kelang Expressway (DUKE)
- Guthrie Corridor Expressway (GCE)
- Cheras – Kajang Highway (GRANDSAGA)
- Lebuhraya Grand Sepadu (GRANDSEPADU)
- Jambatan Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah (JKSB)
- Penang Bridge (JPP)
- Shah Alam Expressway (KESAS)
- Kuala Lumpur – Karak Expressway (KLK)
- Lebuhraya KL – Kuala Selangor (LATAR)
- Lebuhraya Damansara-Puchong (LDP)
- Lebuhraya Kajang – Seremban (LEKAS) (Ampangan Plaza only)
- Lebuhraya Laluan Kedua Malaysia-Singapore (LINKEDUA)
- Lebuhraya Kemuning – Shah Alam (LKSA)
- Majhu Expressway (MEX)
- New Pantai Expressway (NPE)
- Projek Lebuhraya Utara Selatan (PLUS) (Toll Plaza Mambau, Lukut, Kempas, Lima Kedai, Perling, Tanjung Kupang, Bangunan Sultan Iskandar, Jitra)
- Kajang Dispersal Link Expressway (SILK)
- SMART Highway
- Sistem Penyuraian Trafik KL Barat (SPRINT)
Currently, PLUS supports the RFID system at all of their open-system toll plazas on the North-South Expressway, with the remaining toll plazas expected to be supported by April 2020. The RFID Tag is an embedded radio-frequency chip that is attached to your windscreen or headlamp—some of the benefits include the ability to top-up via the TNG eWallet app, auto-reloads with debit/credit card, while the RFID Tag does not require batteries.
While there is bound to be a segment of users who will be turned off by the RM35 installation fee, perhaps a good compromise for the folks over at TNG would be to offer the fee back in the form of rebates. What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below.