TRAFFIC congestion is a daily and almost day-long occurrence in Kuala Lumpur city centre. It is worse during the weekend, when a motorist can be stuck in a jam for as long as two hours.
In such a situation, it is often advisable to call your date/client to cancel any appointment you may have made.
It is for these reasons that I fully support the implementation of a congestion-charge (CC) system in Kuala Lumpur.
We should model our CC system on that implemented in London, where they have successfully reduced traffic congestion.
Motorists wishing to enter the city centre should pay a reasonable fee, which, it is hoped, would discourage them from going into the city alone in their vehicle.
The collected congestion-charge fee could be used to improve the public transportation system.
However, the CC system should only operate during certain times of the day, for example, from 8.30am to 7pm.
Exceptions must be given to people whose homes are within the congestion-charge area, and to taxis and buses.
Although it is not cheap, I believe that such a system can help reduce city-centre traffic congestion significantly. On the first day of the implementation of the scheme in London, there was a 25 per cent drop in traffic.
It is sad to think that although we have one of the best road systems in Asia, we cannot enjoy them because of the horrendous traffic conditions in city centres. We must act now.
By : N.A.A.N.O., Kuala Lumpur
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