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JKJR to study limiting motorcycles to left lane

0 month ago, 13-Jan-2019

JKJR wants to implement the practise of the use of the left lane for motorcycles to reduce fatal accidents among riders and passengersof small-engine motorcycles. File Photo

KUALA LUMPUR: The Road Safety Department (JKJR) is studying a proposal to limit motorcyclists to the left lane especially small motorcyclesto reduce the fatality rate among users of such vehicles.

JKJR director-general DatukRosliIsa said the department is now looking at the effectiveness of the measure and making comparison betweendeveloped countries such as Hong Kong and Australia which practise the use of the left lane for motorcycles to reduce fatal accidents among riders and passengersof small-engine motorcycles.

Based on 2018 statistics, more than 60 per cent of the 6,742 accident death cases involved motorcycle riders and passengers, he said.

“We are also looking at the need to limit the speed of motorcycles with engine 150 cc and below to a maximum of 70 kilometre per hour (kmph) because based on past studies, the primaryfactor of fatal accidents among motorcyclists is speeding, he said when contacted by Bernama.

Rosli said the department had held initial discussions on the matter with several non-governmental organisations (NGOs)and motoring associations.

Earlier, a WhatsAppgroup known as Safety First in a meeting with Transport Minister Anthony LokeSiew Fookon Wednesday was reported to have raised the proposal to reduce the very highdeath rate among motorcycle riders and passengers of small motorcycle.

The group which has about 500 members is of the view that laws should be formulated soon to ban small motorcycles from using the middle and right lanes which are used by bigger vehicles for their own safety.

The practice of limiting motorcycles especially small-engine motorcycles of 150 cc and below to the left lane only had long been carried out in developed countries to reduce the risk of road accidents among motorcyclists and pillion riders.

In Malaysia, motorcycle riders and passengers put their lives at great riskwhen they ridein the middle or right lanes and expose themselves to be involved in accidents with bigger vehicles.

Echoing Rosli’s views, the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS)chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thyesaid manysmall motorcycles in big towns wereoften seen weaving in between vehicles especially duringpeak hours.

On roads where there are no dedicated lanes for motorcycles, small motorcycle riders will use the middle and right lanes meant for biggerandfaster vehicles.

The time has come for the right and middle lanes to be off limits to motorcycles asthe risk of fatality is too high for motorcyclists, he said.

Lee said he wasworried if the habit ofusing the middle and right lanes continued and wasnot viewed seriously, the fatality rate among motorcyclists would continue to rise. – Bernama


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