BUKIT MERTAJAM, June 24 (Bernama) -- Penang Barisan Nasional (BN) will ask the federal government to do away with toll for motorcycles at the Penang Bridge if it wins the 13th general election.
Penang Umno liaison deputy chairman Datuk Musa Sheikh Fadzir said removing the toll would benefit 15,000 motorcyclists using the bridge daily.
"This is in our manifesto to help lighten the burden of motorcyclists using the Penang Bridge," he told reporters after the Bukit Mertajam Umno division Juara Rakyat (People's Champion) programme, 'Gathering of Youths', here, today.
Musa said although the toll rate was not too high, it nevertheless had an effect on motorcyclists who were mostly moderate income earners.
"If you notice, only Penang imposes toll on motorcycles. Although it is only RM1.40, if added to the fuel cost daily, it is still a burden to the motorcyclists," he said.
Meanwhile, two motorcyclists using the Penang Bridge lauded the decision to do away with the toll if BN wins the general election.
Najman Ismail, 38, of Bukit Mertajam, who works in a factory in Bayan Lepas, said he could save RM50 a month if he did not have to pay toll.
Lee Teh Chonn, 45, hoped the BN manifesto could be fulfilled as the opposition had promised a reduction if they won, but this not happen.