PLUS rapped for easing emergency lane rule

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PLUS rapped for easing emergency lane rule

Postby admin » Mon Sep 06, 2010 4:09 am

PETALING JAYA: A road safety activist has taken PLUS Expressways Berhad to task for allowing emergency lanes to be used by vehicles during the Hari Raya festive season.

Road Safety Marshal Club president K. Balasupramaniam said the announcement by PLUS Express­ways chief operating officer Nik Airina Nik Jaffar on the opening of emergency lanes at seven stretches along the North-South Expressway from Sept 9 to 19 would confuse drivers and tempt fate.

“The emergency lane is not suitable for traffic because the road measurements are not uniform, they are narrow and can pose a danger to motorists,” he told The Star yesterday.

Balasupramaniam said the emergency lanes were meant only for vehicles to pull over in case of breakdown and for ambulances or fire-engines.

“Don’t forget that many traffic accidents occurred, especially involving motorcyclists, because the emergency lanes were abused,” he added.

He also criticised Road Transport Department director-general Datuk Solah Mat Hassan for suggesting that motorists take photographs of errant drivers and report them to the JPJ.

Balasupramaniam said motorists who tried to snap pictures of offenders running away from a crime scene or errant motorists were putting their own safety in danger.

“This is a question of liability. Will Datuk Solah take responsibility if anyone is harmed when they are taking photos?” he added.

Meanwhile, Road Safety Depart­ment director-general Datuk Suret Singh told drivers not to take pictures of other vehicles when they are at the wheel.

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