PUTRAJAYA: Expressway users must refrain from stopping their vehicles at emergency lanes, to rest or to carry out repair works, said Road Safety Department director-general Datuk Suret Singh.
He said the emergency lanes were meant for the use of authorities such as the fire and rescue department, police and ambulance, which provide services during emergencies.
"What must be understood is that the emergency lane is a traffic lane and it is for the relevant agencies to use. This is what the emergency lane is for.
"It is extremely dangerous when vehicles are parked at emergency lanes," he told reporters Friday.
He was commenting on an accident last week where two men were hit by an express bus as they were trying to fix a car in the emergency lane. In the incident at Km263 of the North-South Expressway near Seremban, driver Mohd Hanif Mohd Noor, 29, and mechanic R. Palaneysamy, 26, were killed instantly.
Suret said in a random survey conducted, between 90% and 95% of road users did not understand the "role of emergency lanes" or were of the opinion that it was all right to use the lanes if their vehicles broke down.
"The correct thing to do is to move the vehicles to the road shoulder on the left side of the road to ensure it will not be in the way of other users.
"If there is no road shoulder, the stalled vehicles can be placed in the emergency lane but only for a short period of time, while waiting for assistance. A safety triangle must be placed at some distance away from the car to warn other motorists.
"Drivers and passengers of the stalled vehicle should not be in the car, somewhere near the car, nor should there be any repair works conducted there. They should wait for assistance behind the road barrier or any safe place," he said.
By MAZWIN NIK ANIS
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