SmartTag - Is It Worth It?

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SmartTag - Is It Worth It?

#1 Post by Stephanie Lim » Thu Aug 02, 2012 11:25 am

I'm currently using a Touch N Go card and I'm wondering whether it is worth to purchase SmartTag.

Of course, the main reason is speed and avoiding long toll queues. But what I am seeing, especially during peak hours at the LDP Sungai Buloh toll is that even cash lane queues are shorter because of they made multiple booths available for a single lane.

The Touch N Go SmartTag video explains that with SmartTag, your car doesn't have to stop completely at toll booths and there is no need to wind down your windows, which will extend the useful life of these parts but again, is it worth it?

What do all of you think?

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Re: SmartTag - Is It Worth It?

#2 Post by adrianyujs » Thu Aug 02, 2012 12:20 pm

Stephanie Lim wrote:I'm currently using a Touch N Go card and I'm wondering whether it is worth to purchase SmartTag.

Of course, the main reason is speed and avoiding long toll queues. But what I am seeing, especially during peak hours at the LDP Sungai Buloh toll is that even cash lane queues are shorter because of they made multiple booths available for a single lane.

The Touch N Go SmartTag video explains that with SmartTag, your car doesn't have to stop completely at toll booths and there is no need to wind down your windows, which will extend the useful life of these parts but again, is it worth it?

What do all of you think?

Yes its worth sometimes, just a backup, but still u can choose touch n go lane if smart tag is long queue.

Nowadays I saw a lot "TUNAI" lane can support touch n go already, so other means, u can use any lane u like for touch n go.

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Re: SmartTag - Is It Worth It?

#3 Post by adilothman » Thu Aug 02, 2012 1:15 pm

For PLUS highways, ALL cashlanes will have TNG machine regardless if there is signage or not. So you can always go to the shortest cashlane if the TNG lane is long during peak hours. Folks who know do it all the time. This is not the case for other concessionaires like LDP, AKLEH etc.

As for Smartag, personally, since I ply the highways so often, it is a necessity for me. Also if you hit the toll more than 80x per month, you get 20% rebate. Have your TNG card checked if there are rebates already sitting in the account.

Government policy has always been to encourage electronic payments (ETC), hence you notice there are less and less cash lanes with more and more TNG and SmartTag lanes being opened. There will be the odd tollplazas where physical space is a constraint so there cannot be as many ETC lanes as it should.

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#4 Post by Noah » Thu Aug 02, 2012 1:38 pm

They should do a study on the incidence of Testicular Cancer and SmartTag use. Don't worry Adil, you're safe.

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Re: SmartTag - Is It Worth It?

#5 Post by Stephanie Lim » Thu Aug 02, 2012 5:57 pm

Noah wrote:They should do a study on the incidence of Testicular Cancer and SmartTag use. Don't worry Adil, you're safe.

:mrgreen:
haha how is testicular cancer related to smartag? lol

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Re: SmartTag - Is It Worth It?

#6 Post by sonnyoh » Thu Aug 02, 2012 6:26 pm

Noah wrote:They should do a study on the incidence of Testicular Cancer and SmartTag use. Don't worry Adil, you're safe.

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Re: SmartTag - Is It Worth It?

#7 Post by nyem » Fri Aug 03, 2012 8:08 am

Stephanie Lim wrote:But what I am seeing, especially during peak hours at the LDP Sungai Buloh toll is that even cash lane queues are shorter because of they made multiple booths available for a single lane.
- Having the SmartTag does not mean that you have to use it all the time; just that now you have more options
- Don't let the short queue on cash lanes deceive you, the long queue are on the other side of the booth

SmartTag lanes also prone to getting stuck due to
- device out of battery
- pointed the wrong side of SmartTag
- no card/no credit
- wrong card inside SmartTag (bonuslink/kad mesra/etc inside smartTag)

I've done all of the above. But my worst moment at the toll booth was when my TnG card fell under the car. I had to crawl to get it.

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Re: SmartTag - Is It Worth It?

#8 Post by Zeus73 » Fri Aug 03, 2012 11:37 am

I think Singapore's ERP system is best.

No barrier. Even if you don't have card inserted into the card reader or card no value also can pass through. Just that summon will come later. :rofl:

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Re: SmartTag - Is It Worth It?

#9 Post by Noah » Fri Aug 03, 2012 3:42 pm

Zeus73 wrote:I think Singapore's ERP system is best.

No barrier. Even if you don't have card inserted into the card reader or card no value also can pass through. Just that summon will come later. :rofl:
Wow! I didn't know this. This is an excellent method!! No jams, no holdup. No ballooning roads just for the toll plaza.

The authorities probably didn't implement this in Malaysia because they know Malaysians do not honor summons.
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Re: SmartTag - Is It Worth It?

#10 Post by SilverBeauty » Fri Aug 03, 2012 4:02 pm

Noah wrote:
Zeus73 wrote:I think Singapore's ERP system is best.

No barrier. Even if you don't have card inserted into the card reader or card no value also can pass through. Just that summon will come later. :rofl:
Wow! I didn't know this. This is an excellent method!! No jams, no holdup. No ballooning roads just for the toll plaza.

The authorities probably didn't implement this in Malaysia because they know Malaysians do not honor summons.

Noah, there is a catch to the successful implementation of this system. Each and Every car needs to have in IU installed. An IU is similar to the smart Tag. It needs a cash card ( like the touch n go ) card. Each IU is tag to car and not transferable. Question in Malaysia will be the authority must enforce this rule else what is to prevent one from transferring it to another vehicle ? like from a car to a bus whose toll fee is a world of difference :mrgreen: :-'

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