Set dif­fer­ent speed limit for each lane

New Straits Times - - Letters -

IT would be a rather be­lated de­ci­sion to en­force a law to en­sure all road users use the right lane on roads, high­ways and ex­press­ways in cities and towns.

To do that, the gov­ern­ment should set a max­i­mum speed limit for each lane by paint­ing it over with bright yel­low, and that ap­plies to all ex­ist­ing lanes.

Most ma­jor roads in Malaysia are choked with all types of ve­hi­cles at all hours of the day and night, in­clud­ing on pub­lic hol­i­days.

Not only that, there are al­ready too many cars on the road.

By right, the gov­ern­ment should con­trol the reg­is­tra­tion of new cars and other types of ve­hi­cles to en­sure the roads are not con­gested.

Sin­ga­pore has put a limit on the reg­is­tra­tion of new cars, mo­tor­cy­cles and buses sold in the repub­lic a long time ago.

Yet, Sin­ga­pore­ans are still com­plain­ing that there are too many ve­hi­cles on the road.

How­ever, it could be worse if there was no con­trol at all.

In Sin­ga­pore, buy­ers of ve­hi­cles have to meet re­quire­ments be­fore they can make a pur­chase. They must also have a Cer­tifi­cate of En­ti­tle­ment (COE).

The COE is is­sued by the Trans­port Min­istry to a prospec­tive buyer for a price that is quoted on a weekly or monthly ba­sis. So, it usu­ally fluc­tu­ates and is de­pen­dent on how the Sin­ga­pore gov­ern­ment wants to stag­ger au­to­mo­bile sales for a cer­tain pe­riod.

The gov­ern­ment just can­not put a stop on the sale of new ve­hi­cles in the coun­try as it is not good for busi­ness and em­ploy­ment.

To use ex­ist­ing in­fras­truc­ture, or be­cause of re­stric­tions on land use for roads, the Trans­port Min­istry can:

USE the lay-by lane. The lane can be turned into an emer­gency lane strictly for use by driv­ers of taxis, buses, am­bu­lances, po­lice ve­hi­cles, fire trucks and, op­tion­ally, to a mo­torist send­ing a crit­i­cally ill per­son to the hospi­tal; and,

PAINT a sep­a­rate max­i­mum speed limit on each in­di­vid­ual lane bright yel­low for all the lanes (in­ner, cen­tre and outer).

Traf­fic po­lice should also run cam­paigns to get road users to use the ap­pro­pri­ate lane, fail­ing which a summons should be given to the driver. This should be af­ter a six-month cam­paign to get mo­torists and road users to com­ply with the new law.

This should also ap­ply to those who hog the roads and slow coaches us­ing the wrong lane.

Nowa­days, if you are caught in traf­fic, you may find a slow coach in the fast lane, of­ten trav­el­ling far be­low the max­i­mum speed limit. This has to stop. The driver should be pulled over by the traf­fic po­lice and given a summons.

If all th­ese ini­tia­tives are in place, driv­ing will be a breeze. There should be less road ac­ci­dents when peo­ple drive in the cor­rect lane and at the right speed.

LAU BING Subang Jaya

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