Prepaid Cards for Expressway Electronic Toll Collection - Johnston
Highways Minister Johnston Fernando said he has directed to look into the possibility of Vehicle Emission Test Centres issuing prepaid cards used for Expressway Electronic Toll Collection (ETC). Minister Fernando said that he promotes ETCs to eliminate Expressway delays by collecting user fees electronically. ETC determines whether the cars passing are enrolled in the special programme that allows electronic debit from registered car owners’ accounts and automatic gate opening without requiring them to stop.
He added that ETCs were installed on the ColomboKatunayake Expressway and that they would be introduced to other toll collecting centres and inter-changes in the near future. ETC pre-paid cards are currently only available at the Expressway offices in Seeduwa, Ja-Ela, and Thorana Junction in Kelaniya. “We intend to implement the ETC system at the Kerawalapitiya Interchange as soon as possible, as well as at other expressway interchanges.
People should be able to purchase pre-paid cards from locations near them without difficulty. It appears that if those cards were made available at Vehicle Emission Test Centres, it would be simple for them. We have started a project to promote the use of ETCs on expressways to help alleviate traffic congestion, delays, fuel consumption, and vehicle emissions,” he said. Currently, ETC payments are only available through the Bank of Ceylon, Sampath Bank, and the Commercial Bank’s Direct Debit Authorisation systems. “We intend to make this facility available in other private and public Banks too,” the Minister said.