PETALING JAYA: Discount on toll fares should be given to motorists who stick to the speed limit, to check road accidents, said Works Minister Datuk Shaziman Abu Mansor.
He also suggested that highway concessionaires do not give any discount or even charge more for those who travelled faster than the estimated travelling time.
“For example, it takes two hours to travel from Kuala Lumpur to another destination if one follows the speed limit and those who do that will be given the discount.
“However, those who take less than two hours to reach the destination should receive no discount or even be charged more for exceeding the speed limit,” Shaziman told reporters after the launching of Mufors Gallery here Friday.
He said this would encourage motorists to follow the speed limit and help reduce the accident rate, especially during festive seasons.
“Every year, there are 6,000 fatality cases due to road accidents and concessionaires will have to be more creative to ensure that road users follow traffic rules,” he said.
When asked if there would be any special discount for motorists who travel during the coming festive season, Shaziman said the announcement would be made on Sept 2.
Shaziman also urged concessionaires to identify strategic spots for the setting up of more variable message signs (VMS) to keep motorists updated on the road condition.
“VMS should be set up before toll plazas so that motorists can avoid getting stuck in a jam before entering the highways and have the option of using alternative routes to reach their destinations,” he said.
He said concessionaires should not worry that updated information on the road condition would reduce the number of road users on the highway.
“Instead, they should provide accurate information on the road condition regularly so that motorists do not have to waste their time getting stuck in the traffic,” he said.
On another matter, Shaziman said the ministry had spent RM15mil this year to improve the road conditions on 30 blackspots on federal roads and 10 on the highways.
“Some of these blackspots involve very sharp turning and some need to have traffic lights installed,” he said, adding that it involved very little money for the upgrading work but it could have great impact on road safety.
Mufors Gallery, a continuation of the Malaysians Unite for Road Safety campaign launched last year, is a centre aimed at raising road safety awareness and education in the country.
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