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Highways Minister moots issuance of expressway toll cards at emission test centres

Chief Government Whip and Highways Minister Johnston Fernando stated that he has instructed Highways Ministry Secretary R.W.R. Pemasiri to assess the possibility of Vehicle Emission Test Centres issuing prepaid cards used for the Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) at expressways.

Minister Fernando said that he promoted the ETC solution to eliminate delays in expressways by collecting the user fee electronically. ETCs determine whether the cars passing through are enrolled in a programme that enables electronically debiting the accounts of registered car owners and opening gates automatically without requiring them to stop.

ETCs are currently installed at the Colombo-Katunayake Expressway and will be introduced to other toll collection centres and interchanges soon. Currently, the ETC prepaid cards are issued only at the expressway offices at Seeduwa, Ja-Ela, and Thorana Junction in Kelaniya.

“We are planning to introduce the ETC system at the Kerawalapitiya Interchange soon, and at other inter-changes in the expressways. People should be able to buy the prepaid cards hassle-free from places close to them. It seems that it would be easy for them if those cards could be made available at the Vehicle Emission Test Centres. We have commenced a project to promote the use of ETCs at expressways to help alleviate traffic congestion, reduce delays, fuel consumption, and vehicle emissions,” the Minister said.