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Transport Minister Suriya Jungrungreangkit Proposes Toll Relief: Don Muang Tollway Hike Postponed

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In a surprising turn of events, the Ministry of Transport is considering postponing a planned toll hike on the Don Muang Tollway, with the possibility of even reducing the current fees, Transport Minister Suriya Jungrungreangkit revealed on Friday. Originally, the toll rates were set to jump from 115 baht to 130 baht per trip this year.

Mr. Suriya shared that he had instructed the Department of Highways, which granted the concession to operate the tollway, officially known as the Utraphimuk Expressway, to investigate ways to alleviate the financial burden on motorists. “We are committed to finding solutions that make life easier for motorists by cutting their costs,” he noted.

The Utraphimuk Expressway, a vital 21-kilometre stretch, connects the bustling Din Daeng area of Bangkok to the serene National Memorial in Lam Luk Ka district of Pathum Thani. The operating concession, held by Don Muang Tollway Plc and valid through 2034, allows for toll rate reviews and adjustments every five years.

Just a day earlier, the company had announced its intention to up the toll fees by 5 to 15 baht per section, with the new rates taking effect from December 22 this year and lasting until December 21, 2029. Specifically, the toll for four-wheeled vehicles was slated to rise from 80 to 90 baht for the Din Daeng-Don Muang segment and from 35 to 40 baht for the Don Muang-National Memorial segment. This would result in a total cost of 130 baht for traversing the entire route.

The concession agreement, first granted in 1989, stipulates that tolls can be increased once more for the period from 2029 to 2034. However, with the minister’s recent intervention, motorists might enjoy some much-needed financial relief sooner than expected.

Minister Suriya’s proactive stance has been widely praised, as it’s clear that the government is actively seeking ways to support its citizens amidst rising living costs. Whether or not the toll reduction will be implemented remains to be seen, but the intention to prioritize the financial well-being of the public is a step in the right direction.

Stay tuned as this story develops, and motorists keep an eye out for any changes to the toll fees that could impact their daily commutes.


  1. Jane D. June 21, 2024

    Finally, some relief from these relentless toll hikes! This is a step in the right direction.

    • Mike June 21, 2024

      Are you serious? The government should be investing in public transport, not just reducing tolls!

      • Jane D. June 21, 2024

        Public transport investment is important, but immediate relief on tollways helps those who need it right now.

    • Holmes123 June 21, 2024

      Reducing tolls might help, but what about the long-term maintenance costs? Won’t this just delay necessary upgrades?

      • Jane D. June 21, 2024

        I get your concern, but they can find a balance between toll relief and infrastructure investments.

  2. Shruti P. June 21, 2024

    This is political grandstanding. They’ll announce the hike again in a year.

    • Vikash June 21, 2024

      Probably. Politicians rarely offer permanent solutions.

    • Pk8 June 21, 2024

      Why so cynical? Give credit where it’s due. This could set a precedent.

  3. Tom June 21, 2024

    Motorists won’t care about a tiny variation in toll fees. It’s the fuel prices and cost of living that’s really the issue.

    • Sophia June 21, 2024

      True! Cutting tolls by 5-10 baht isn’t going to change much in the grand scheme of things.

  4. Elena Garza June 21, 2024

    He must be under pressure from upcoming elections. This smells like a desperate move to win votes.

  5. James S. June 21, 2024

    Everyone’s focusing on tolls, but shouldn’t we be questioning why we have to pay such high fees in the first place?

    • Kiara June 21, 2024

      Exactly! The whole toll system needs a review. We’re paying for roads that should be maintained by our taxes.

  6. Zara_90 June 21, 2024

    Politicians like Suriya always appear when people are unhappy. But I’ll take a toll reduction if it means a lighter financial load.

  7. Gordon L. June 21, 2024

    Reducing tolls sounds good, but the real solution is a comprehensive transport policy that considers both motorists and public transport users.

    • Kara June 21, 2024

      Agreed! We need a long-term vision for all types of commuters.

  8. Joan R. June 21, 2024

    This is just delaying the inevitable toll hike. They’re not solving the root issues.

  9. DriveGuy June 21, 2024

    Any toll reduction is welcome. Every little bit helps when you drive that route daily!

    • Heather K. June 21, 2024

      For sure. It’s a small win, but still a win for daily commuters.

    • UrbanPlnr June 21, 2024

      But how sustainable is this ‘win’ in the long term? We need a realistic strategy.

    • DriveGuy June 21, 2024

      True, but immediate relief isn’t bad either. They can work on a long-term plan simultaneously.

  10. Stephanie Q. June 21, 2024

    I don’t get why people are upset. This shows the government is willing to listen and act.

  11. Rick James June 21, 2024

    It’s about time they gave motorists a break. Traffic in this city is bad enough without worrying about toll costs.

    • AnnaM June 21, 2024

      Agreed. With all the construction and congestion, any break is appreciated.

  12. Eduardo June 21, 2024

    This move will just put more strain on public finances. Where will the money come from?

  13. William Blake June 21, 2024

    I’m skeptical. Seems like a temporary solution to a permanent problem.

  14. Leila June 21, 2024

    Instead of minor toll adjustments, how about improving road conditions and reducing congestion?

  15. YoungDriver_23 June 21, 2024

    So do I get some of my tolls refunded? I’ve been paying high fees for years!

  16. Vivian T. June 21, 2024

    Complaints aside, this is a real attempt at helping. Let’s see how it goes before we judge too harshly.

  17. AsiaNewsFan June 21, 2024

    It’s interesting to see Thailand taking such steps. Other countries should learn from this example.

  18. SuriyaRocks June 21, 2024

    Go Suriya! Finally, a politician who cares about the little guy!

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