PUTRAJAYA: Motorists on federal and state roads will have to abide by the 80kph speed limit for the next three months.
The Cabinet yesterday decided that the reduced speed limit would be extended to cover coming major festivals. This means it will be effective from Oct 17 to Jan 15.
And if the move is found to be effective in lowering the death toll on federal and state roads during the balik kampung rush, the reduced speed limit will be made a permanent fixture during festive seasons.
Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy said there would be strict enforcement to ensure compliance with the reduced speed limit.
The reduction in the speed limit from 90kph to 80kph was announced last week.
The speed limit was to have just been for the week before Deepavali until the week after Hari Raya.
Chan also said commercial vehicles, except for those with permission, would be banned from roads on Oct 21, 22, 27 and 28. This was to ease traffic flow and reduce accidents involving commercial vehicles and smaller vehicles, he added.
He warned that a maximum fine of RM300 would be slapped on those who exceeded the speed limit, jump queue, beat the red light, use the emergency lane or overtake along double lines.
Offenders will not be allowed to appeal against the fine. The authorities will also take action against motorcyclists who do not use helmets and those who race or ride dangerously and switch lanes without signalling.
More than 6,000 policemen and Road Transport Department officers would be on duty during Ops Sikap XI, from Oct 16 to 31.
Unlike last year, traffic offenders will not be issued on-the-spot fines as the move was deemed impractical.
Asked about the review of the police proposal to reduce fines for most traffic offences by 50 to 70 per cent, Chan said it had been completed and would be referred to the Cabinet.
The proposal, made on Sept 4, was to encourage motorists to settle summonses and discourage the practice of bribing policemen. However, on Sept 6, the Cabinet reversed the decision by the police.
Chan later said that drivers could expect some reduction in the rates but the police and RTD had to discuss the matter further.
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