Tollway booths are to be scrapped next year as the Transport Ministry plans to introduce a vehicle recognition system, called M-Flow, which will bill motorists each month without the need for barriers and booths.
Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob has said that the ministry’s vehicle registration database will be shared with the Department of Land Transport, Department of Highways and Expressway Authority of Thailand under a memorandum of understanding to track vehicles using tollways and expressways when barriers and toll booths are taken away next year.
He said a toll system is being developed to be used on roads by the Department of Highways, Expressway Authority of Thailand, Department of Land Transport, Bangkok Expressway and Metro Plc, and Don Muang Tollway Plc.
In the meantime, the tracking system for post-payment will be tested at Thap Chang Toll gate. All tollway and expressway gates will be modified by next year, he said. “This system has another benefit … we can check for illegal vehicles,” he said referring to the linked database and the licence detection system.