PUTRAJAYA: From next week, traffic volume is expected to rise by up to 300% when Malaysians travel to their hometowns and villages for the Deepavali and Hari Raya Aidilfitri festivals.
Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy said strong enforcement was needed to ensure the success of the Government’s road-safety campaign.
“We need the cooperation of motorists and related government agencies. The police and the Road Transport Department officers must work doubly hard during the festive season,” he said.
“Enforcement officers will be zeroing in on motorcyclists and pillion riders who do not wear helmets, ride dangerously, beat the lights and change lanes without signalling,” Chan told reporters here after a post Cabinet meeting yesterday.
Chan, who announced that Ops Sikap XI would be conducted from Oct 16 to 31, called on motorists to plan their journey early, check their vehicles for roadworthiness, and to drive safely.
Motorists caught committing serious traffic offences like speeding, queue jumping, using emergency lanes and overtaking along double lines would be slapped with the maximum fine of RM300, he said.
Chan also reminded parents to be mindful of their children riding motorcycles without a licence.
“Lately a few young motorcyclists have been killed in road accidents because they didn’t wear helmets,” said Chan.
“There is this case of a boy whose parents knew about his riding around every night without a licence but they never stopped him.
“He died in a road accident. It is tragic for parents to lose a son at such a young age.”
As in previous years, commercial vehicles will be banned from all roads for four days – Oct 20-21 and Oct 27-28. (See graphics).
Chan said he and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi would issue special messages in the newspapers on road safety.
The road-safety campaign will be launched on Sunday.
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