Indonesia will transition to a gateless electronic toll collection system by introducing a multi-lane free flow (MLFF) system, which will replace the traditional toll booth payment system currently in use. The country’s land transport director-general, Budi Setiyadi, said the plan is to introduce the MLFF payment system on toll roads and implement it by the end of this year or 2023 at the latest.

He said the matter had been raised with interested parties including the Toll Road Regulator (BPJT) and hoped that the system – still in trials – would be in place by 2023 because compass Report. “Hopefully (implementation) will be quick as it is done in some countries,” he told reporters at a road transport event yesterday.

The BPJT aims to implement the MLFF system in Java and Bali by the end of 2022, with reports last year that the country hopes to implement the system nationwide by 2023. The Indonesian system – which will allow vehicles to pass at speeds of 40 to 50 km/h – is provided by Hungarian company Roatex through local Indonesian company PT Roatex Indonesia Toll System. The new system is expected to end queues at toll booths, shorten travel times and improve efficiency.

According to the report, the MLFF system uses Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) technology and executes transactions through an app on a smartphone – GPS will determine the vehicle’s location through satellite tracking, and the map-matching process will run in the central system. When the vehicle leaves the toll road and the map matching process is complete, the system calculates the fare.

Previously, PT Roatex said it had prepared for the possibility that individuals might try to enter the highway without being detected and paid for it, and had put in place two prevention systems. The first is a fixed gantry at each highway entrance, which will be equipped with monitoring modules, including cameras, that can identify every vehicle passing through the highway entrance.

The second is the mobile control unit, recruiting surveillance personnel who will perform the same function as the fixed gantry, collecting data on all vehicles entering the highway. Data will be collected on registered vehicles, as well as on vehicles that have not yet registered to enter highways implemented by MLFF, as the latter may enter highways without the necessary registration. Data collected on unauthorized vehicles will be transmitted to police for follow-up action.

Meanwhile, Malaysia, which is still switching to radio frequency identification (RFID) for electronic toll collection, is expected to switch to MLFF systems by 2025. Under this system, tolls will be collected via RFID, working in conjunction with the Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) system.

Last year, it was reported that Green Packet’s MLFF trials on the Besraya Highway would begin early this year, but there has been no further news since then. As for fee evasion under the MLFF, the government has indicated that it is seeking to implement a new law to punish fee evaders.