RAISE SPEED LIMIT TO 130KPH?
Ministry will conduct study on it, says Fadillah
THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 2017 NIK IMRAN ABDULLAH KUALA LUMPUR firstname.lastname@example.org
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.