Liow: Group cy­cling not al­lowed on high­ways

New Straits Times - - News -

High­ways, es­pe­cially three-lane car­riage­ways, are off-lim­its to group cy­cling.

Trans­port Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said the ban was im­posed to pre­vent road ac­ci­dent in­volv­ing groups of cy­clists due to the marked dif­fer­ence in speed be­tween bi­cy­cles and other ve­hi­cles.

“The min­istry has been in­ten­si­fy­ing road safety cam­paigns with other agen­cies, in­clud­ing the Land Pub­lic Trans­port Com­mis­sion (SPAD), police and lo­cal au­thor­i­ties.

“We will en­sure that roads meant for mo­torised ve­hi­cles are safer by not al­low­ing bi­cy­cles, in­clud­ing mod­i­fied ones, in high­ways as they are three-lane dual car­riage­ways with ve­hi­cles trav­el­ling at high speed, thus in­creas­ing the risk of ac­ci­dents.”

Liow was re­ply­ing to a sup­ple­men­tary ques­tion from Datuk Nor­mala Ab­dul Sa­mad (BN-Pasir Gu­dang) on mea­sures taken by the min­istry to re­duce ac­ci­dents in­volv­ing cy­clists fol­low­ing a tragic in­ci­dent in Jo­hor Baru last month.

Eight teenagers were killed while two were in crit­i­cal con­di­tion af­ter a car rammed them at 3am. Six others were in­jured in the ac­ci­dent in the Mid­dle Ring Road in Jo­hor Baru. He said groups of cy­clists who wished to use high­ways must seek per­mis­sion from the lo­cal au­thor­i­ties and police for mon­i­tor­ing of the con­voys to en­sure their safety.

Liow urged cy­clists to wear safety at­tire and added that par­ents had a role to play in en­sur­ing their safety.

To the orig­i­nal ques­tion from Nor­mala on ac­tion against the driver in­volved in the Feb 18 ac­ci­dent, Liow said: “Any le­gal ac­tion taken in this case by the police and At­tor­ney-Gen­eral’s Cham­bers will be based on the in­ves­ti­ga­tion be­ing car­ried out.”

To a sup­ple­men­tary ques­tion from Datuk Takiyud­din Has­san (Pas-Kota Baru), Liow said Sec­tion 41 of the Road Trans­port Act 1987, which cov­ered the of­fence of caus­ing death by reck­less or dan­ger­ous driv­ing, would not be amended

He said the max­i­mum 10-year jail sen­tence and a max­i­mum fine of RM20,000 pro­vided un­der the sec­tion were stiff enough.

He said the Ke­jara de­merit sys­tem would be ap­plied.

“Un­der the Ke­jara de­merit sys­tem, we will sus­pend the driv­ing li­cence of the of­fender.”

He said RTD hoped this move would cut down ac­ci­dent rates by 10 per cent an­nu­ally.

Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai

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