All set to ensure a safe Chinese New Year exodus

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All set to ensure a safe Chinese New Year exodus

Postby admin » Thu Feb 08, 2007 4:36 am

PUTRAJAYA: Some 5,000 traffic policemen and 1,200 Road Transport Department personnel will be deployed during the Ops Sikap XII from this Sunday to Feb 25.

The road safety campaign, carried out in conjunction with the Chinese New Year, will be launched on Saturday at the Jalan Duta Bus Terminal in Kuala Lumpur, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy said here yesterday.

As in previous road safety campaigns, heavy commercial vehicles including those carrying logs, cement and sand would be banned from all roads between Feb 16 and 17 as well as on Feb 24 and Feb 25.

Speaking to reporters after chairing a special meeting on a special road safety campaign during Chinese New Year celebrations, Chan said the speed limit for federal and state roads would be reduced from 90kph to 80kph.

He said the Public Works Department had also agreed to stop all road repair work except those which were critical, during the period.

Chan said the public was encouraged to travel by public transport, adding that express bus operators, KTM Bhd, Malaysia Airlines and AirAsia had agreed to increase their capacity to meet the demand.

He also said temporary permits for those providing express bus services would only be issued once the operator had met certain criteria, such as the vehicle being less than 12 years.

The vehicles would also have to go through Puspakom checks.

In addition to the measures, three advertisements on road safety would appear on television, radio and in major newspapers.

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