‘Scrap one-way traffic as it has failed to ease congestion’
CAMERON HIGHLANDS: Residents are demanding an explanation on the status of a muchdisliked one-way traffic system in Brinchang.
Regional Environment Awareness Cameron Highlands (Reach) president Ramakrishnan Ramasamy said the system, which was being tried out, was supposed to have ended last Wednesday.
However, the system is still in place without any notification to residents and motorists, whatsoever, he told the New Straits Times.
“It is high time for the system to be scrapped as it has not helped to reduce traffic congestion. Traffic jams continue to paralyse day-to-day activities and (the new system) has even affected nearby towns of Kea Farm and Tanah Rata... in short, the system has backfired,” he said, adding that the move has hit the business community, workers and residents in the town centre.
Ramakrishnan also disputed a recent statement by Cameron Highlands police chief Deputy Superintendent Hasadid A. Hamid that the maximum delay caused by traffic jam during the holiday season had been reduced from 90 to 45 minutes.
Ramakrishnan said vehicles are also travelling so fast that pedestrians could not easily cross the road, while many accidents had occurred since the system was introduced.
Activist Suresh Kumar said, instead of diverting traffic, the authorities should have corrected the existing problems.
“The local authorities said indiscriminate parking had caused the jam, but it is not the sole reason for traffic jams. If there is sufficient parking space, the problem can be tackled,” he said.
The one-way traffic was mooted by the Cameron Highlands District Council, police, Land Office and Public Works Department.
It was implemented for a month starting March 17 and was then extended for another month, despite the objection of residents.
Last month, more than 40 shops in Brinchang closed for a day to protest the oneway traffic system.
A signature campaign was also launched which saw more than 1,300 residents petitioning against the one-way traffic.
District council president Datuk Zainal Abidin Md Amin and Hasadid could not be reached for comment as at press time.
The one-way traffic system in Brinchang in Cameron Highlands has irked residents.