(file pix) The government’s decision to abolish toll for motorcycles using the first and second Penang bridges has been described as “the best news” by motorcyclists. NSTP

KUALA LUMPUR: The government’s decision to abolish toll for motorcycles using the first and second Penang bridges has been described as “the best news” by motorcyclists.

Those interviewed said it would lessen the burden of motorcyclists who crossed between the island and mainland on a daily basis.

Beverage trader, Salehudin Hyder Ali, said most of the people using motorcycle to travel on the bridge were low income earners.

"It is a well thought move, this can ease the burden of the low income group.

"In the coming years we hope the toll is abolished altogether,” the 28-year old said.

Khairol Fazlini Mohd Hakimi, 31, who works as an assistant restaurant manager said it would enable motorcyclist to use the money saved for upkeep of their vehicles.

Insurance consultan, Azhar Jalaluddin, 27, said the Pakatan Harapan government had taken the first step in fulfilling its pre election promise of abolishing tolls.

"This is a good start to fulfilling the pledge they made before the election.

"I am happy that they thought of the low income group even though the country is plagued with high debt.

"For the car and other vehicle drivers, we can expect good things to happen in five to six years," he said.

Meanwhile, Mohd Khairil Azman Dahari, 36, said the government had kept its word by abolishing toll for motorcycles.

He said the decision to abolish tolls should have been made years ago.

Earlier, Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng announced that toll hikes on all highways in the city will be frozen from next year.

He said the decision will cost the government RM700 million.

He said the government will also abolish the motorcycle toll on both bridges connecting Penang and the mainland, as well as the Second Link Expressway in Johor.

The move will cost the government RM20 million a year.

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