Celebrating Deepavali: Toll-Free Highways on 11th and 12th November 2023

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KUALA LUMPUR: In a spirit of unity and celebration, the government has announced toll-free access to highways across the nation for two days in honor of the Deepavali festival. The toll exemption period begins from November 11, 2023 (Saturday) at 12:01 AM and concludes on November 12, 2023 (Sunday) at 11:59 PM. This initiative, a testament to Malaysia’s commitment to fostering communal harmony, is a heartfelt gesture specifically for the Indian Hindu community celebrating Deepavali.

During these two days, all vehicle classes will enjoy toll-free passage through most toll plazas across the country. However, it’s important to note that toll charges will still apply at border toll plazas, namely the Sultan Iskandar Building Toll Plaza (BSI) and Tanjung Kupang Toll Plaza in Johor.

The chosen dates for toll exemption have been strategically planned to alleviate potential traffic congestion as people travel to their hometowns and return to cities during the festive period. This thoughtful decision not only eases the burden on travelers but also ensures a smoother experience for everyone celebrating Deepavali.

To enhance the overall travel experience, additional logistics operations have been put in place. These include comprehensive traffic control management, the provision of essential services such as water supply and restrooms, and other facilities at designated Lay Bys and Rest & Service Areas along the highways.

The estimated traffic volume during these two toll-free days is substantial, with approximately 11.8 million vehicles expected to utilize the highways. To facilitate safe and efficient travel, users are strongly encouraged to plan their journeys ahead of time. Following the recommended travel time advisory (TTA) schedules is vital to avoid congestion and ensure a seamless travel experience.

For real-time updates on traffic status and any incidents, highway users can rely on the official social media platforms of the Malaysian Highway Authority (LLM). Regular updates will be posted on Facebook (Lembaga Lebuhraya Malaysia) and Twitter (@LLMtrafik). Additionally, travelers can reach out to the LLM Traffic Management Center at the toll-free number 1-800-88-7752 for the latest traffic information or any assistance they may need

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