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KUALA LUMPUR, 16 March 2017:
Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) has implemented new traffic initiatives in the city by creating motorcycle priority zones at several traffic lights.
The zone that is painted in red and white will be the location marker for motorcyclists’ temporary stop while waiting for the change of traffic lights.
Motorcyclists are no longer allowed to stop outside the zone allocated and other vehicles must stop behind the marked area.
Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Seri Mhd Amin Nordin Abd Aziz said the structuring of traffic is to ensure the safety of pedestrians and enable motorcyclists to stop their machines safely.
“Through this initiative, I hope it can lessen the instances of crime on roads such as snatch thefts and the breaking of car windows.”
Mhd Amin Nordin said to date, DBKL had prepared the motorcycles zones at three locations – Jalan Raja Laut, Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman and Jalan Tun Perak.
DBKL has also identified several other locations to place the facility, such as at Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman.
“We (DBKL) will create a motorcycle zone each month at motorcycle hotspots. Each zone, with an area of 20 feet is capable of accommodating more than 20 motorcycles at any one time.”
At the initial stage, Mhd Amin Nordin DBKL would give a three-month trial period to enable road users to get accustomed to the new traffic structure.
Following the trial period, Mhd Amin Nordin said road users who fail to comply with the directive would be fined between RM50 and RM100.
A check found many motorcyclists were still not complying with the new traffic restructuring rule as they were still vague about the functions of the special zones which were painted red and white.
City folks said many motorcyclists were still confused about the implementation of the system resulting in them not stopping their motorcycles in the special zones but were still stopping in the yellow boxes and pedestrians’ paths.
Contract worker Shafie Omar, 53, said DBKL should put more signboards at the special zones so that road-users especially motorcyclists were aware of the new regulation.
“DBKL should have campaigns so that the public knows about the function of the zone and its importance to the safety of road users … I am working near here (motorcycle zones) but I did not know of its existence.”
Trader Abdul Rahman Asbari, 43, said the initiative taken by DBKL was a good one but it should be hand-in-hand with monitoring by the authorities so that motorists complied with the new regulation.
“This effort is good, but it will be futile if there is no monitoring in the areas. When users comply, the traffic will be more orderly and there will no longer be cases of motorcycles hitting car side-mirrors.”
Travel agency worker, T. Sarah, 57, also asked City Hall to position the zones in line with the traffic situation in the city.
“It is better to have the zone by the side of the road, not at the front. Motorcyclists must still manoeuvre between the vehicles to go to the front. This poses the same difficulty (to motorcyclists) and the situation is the same as before.”
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