Min­istry will con­duct study on it, says Fadil­lah

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THURS­DAY, MARCH 23, 2017 NIK IM­RAN AB­DUL­LAH KUALA LUMPUR nikim­ran@nst.com.my

THE Works Min­istry has agreed for a new study to be con­ducted to raise the speed limit on high­ways, Par­lia­ment heard yes­ter­day. Its min­is­ter, Datuk Seri Fadil­lah Yu­sof, said the min­istry would con­sider rais­ing the limit if other rel­e­vant agen­cies, such as the Road Safety Depart­ment and Malaysian In­sti­tute of Road Safety Re­search, agreed to a re­vi­sion.

“If other (agen­cies) agree, we can con­sider the mat­ter,” he said in re­sponse to Mo­hamad Im­ran Ab­dul Hamid (PKR-Lu­mut), who pro­posed that the speed limit on high­ways be in­creased to 130kph from 110kph.

The speed lim­its on fed­eral roads and high­ways are 90kph and 110kph, re­spec­tively.

Im­ran made the pro­posal when Fadil­lah was wind­ing up the de­bate on the royal ad­dress.

Fadil­lah said the de­ci­sion on set­ting the speed lim­its did not lie solely with his min­istry as it would need to con­sult the Trans­port Min­istry. He said he would bring up the pro­posal to the rel­e­vant agen­cies to see if this mer­ited a new study.

He said the cur­rent high­way de­signs and build were ca­pa­ble of ac­com­mo­dat­ing ve­hi­cle speeds of up to 120kmh.

“How­ever, we have recorded mo­torists driv­ing in ex­cess of 200kmh,” he said.

He said stud­ies on road safety showed that driv­ing at high speeds was a ma­jor cause of ac­ci­dents, adding that an in­crease in the speed limit from 110kph on high­ways would cre­ate higher risks of an ac­ci­dent.

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