Illustration of paying tolls without touch
Netgenz - Technology | The toll payment mechanism in Indonesia continues to evolve to accompany changes in digital technology. The latest technology is touchless toll payments or Multi-Lane Free-Flow (MLFF) which no longer requires bars at toll gates. The Toll Road Controlling Body (BPJT) is targeting the implication of the Multi-Lane Free-Flow (MLFF) payment starting in September 2022 and taking full effect a year after that in 2023. Between Wednesday (8/9). As explained by Danang, non-stop toll payments have many benefits, one of which is eliminating congestion because there are no lines at the toll gates during the business transaction process.
This step can be said to reduce vehicle carbon emissions, provide support for digitizing payments by opening all payment options that can be monitored in real-time, to the effectiveness of toll operational costs with 100% acceptance of toll revenue as collateral. According to Danang, this mechanism can save 30 seconds to 5 minutes which are generally used for doing business at toll gates, and reduce emissions by up to 35%.
This non-stop toll payment mechanism utilizes smart telephone (mobile) and satellite connections. The advantages of these tools enable toll gates to no longer need bars. According to him, users can enter and exit the toll road without any problems and costs will be deducted automatically from the user's balance through a program that acts as an electronic On-Board Unit (OBU) or e-OBU when passing through sensors at toll roads.
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The implementation of non-stop toll payments MLFF will use Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) technology to identify and determine the status of vehicles entering toll roads. "We are catching up with China, which is doing the same thing, namely (using GNSS) for Group 1 vehicles. In Europe, it is applied to heavy vehicles. But in Asia, only Indonesia and China can be the first two countries to use GNSS for individual vehicles," he said.
Paying tolls without touching MLFF is claimed to save more time for toll road users. "The implication is that the first phase of using MLFF technology will be carried out at 40 toll roads in Java and Bali next year," he said.