KUALA LUMPUR: Heavy vehicles will not be allowed on roads during this festive season as authorities attempt to ease the congestion caused by the balik kampung rush.
Under the Road Traffic (Prohibition on Driving of Goods Vehicles) Rules 2006, timber lorries, lorries transporting construction materials such as cement, iron, steel, stones, sand, earth and other materials as well as cement mixers, cranes and low loaders will not be allowed on the roads on Oct 20, 21, 28 and 29.
Container/cargo lorries ferrying electric/electronic goods and those moving from ports to airports that are not in the same localities will not be allowed to use roads from midnight to 6am on Oct 20, 21, 28 and 29.
Federal police traffic chief Senior Asst Comm (II) Nooryah Md Anvar said police would be employing various means to relieve the gridlocks expected nationwide.
“We will not be collecting fines on the spot for major offences like speeding, running red lights, cutting queues, misusing emergency lanes and overtaking on double lines because we don’t want to worsen the traffic situation,” she said, adding that the same rule applied to accidents.
She said this year the police would not be using canopies to protect themselves from the elements as they did in the past.
“The reason for this is that drivers slow down when they see it, worsening the traffic situation. They reduce speed not because they want to obey the law but more because they just don’t want to be caught speeding,” she added.
However, SAC Nooryah said police would still be maintaining visibility, especially on federal roads, with motorcycle and even foot patrols.
“There will also be three spots on the North-South Highway with watch towers – at Km270, near Nilai; Km306, near Gua Tempurung and at Km424, near Rawang.
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