Pro­posal to limit mo­tor­cy­cles to left lane un­der study

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Road Safety Depart­ment (JKJR) is study­ing a pro­posal to limit mo­tor­cy­clists to the left lane es­pe­cially small mo­tor­cy­cles to re­duce the fa­tal­ity rate among users of such ve­hi­cles.

JKJR direc­tor-gen­eral Datuk Rosli Isa said the depart­ment is now look­ing at the ef­fec­tive­ness of the mea­sure and mak­ing com­par­i­son be­tween de­vel­oped coun­tries such as Hong Kong and Aus­tralia which prac­tise the use of the left lane for mo­tor­cy­cles to re­duce fa­tal ac­ci­dents among riders and pas­sen­gers of smal­l­engine mo­tor­cy­cles.

Based on 2018 sta­tis­tics, more than 60 per cent of the 6,742 ac­ci­dent death cases in­volved mo­tor­cy­cle riders and pas­sen­gers, he said.

“We are also look­ing at the need to limit the speed of mo­tor­cy­cles with en­gine 150 cc and be­low to a max­i­mum of 70 kilo­me­tre per hour (kmph) be­cause based on past stud­ies, the pri­mary fac­tor of fa­tal ac­ci­dents among mo­tor­cy­clists is speed­ing,” he said when con­tacted by Ber­nama.

Rosli said the depart­ment had held ini­tial dis­cus­sions on the mat­ter with sev­eral non­govern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions (NGOs) and mo­tor­ing as­so­ci­a­tions.

Ear­lier, a What­sApp group known as Safety First in a meet­ing with Trans­port Min­is­ter An­thony Loke Siew Fook on Wed­nes­day was re­ported to have raised the pro­posal to re­duce the very high death rate among mo­tor­cy­cle riders and pas­sen­gers of small mo­tor­cy­cle.

The group which has about 500 mem­bers is of the view that laws should be for­mu­lated soon to ban small mo­tor­cy­cles from us­ing the mid­dle and right lanes which are used by big­ger ve­hi­cles for their own safety.

The prac­tice of lim­it­ing mo­tor­cy­cles es­pe­cially smal­l­engine mo­tor­cy­cles of 150 cc and be­low to the left lane only had long been car­ried out in de­vel­oped coun­tries to re­duce the risk of road ac­ci­dents among mo­tor­cy­clists and pil­lion riders.

In Malaysia, mo­tor­cy­cle riders and pas­sen­gers put their lives at great risk when they ride in the mid­dle or right lanes and ex­pose them­selves to be in­volved in ac­ci­dents with big­ger ve­hi­cles.

Echo­ing Rosli's views, the Malaysian In­sti­tute of Road Safety Re­search (MIROS) chair­man Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said many small mo­tor­cy­cles in big towns were of­ten seen weav­ing in be­tween ve­hi­cles es­pe­cially dur­ing peak hours.

“On roads where there are no ded­i­cated lanes for mo­tor­cy­cles, small mo­tor­cy­cle riders will use the mid­dle and right lanes meant for big­ger and faster ve­hi­cles.

“The time has come for the right and mid­dle lanes to be off lim­its to mo­tor­cy­cles as the risk of fa­tal­ity is too high for mo­tor­cy­clists,” he said.

Lee said he was wor­ried if the habit of us­ing the mid­dle and right lanes con­tin­ued and was not viewed se­ri­ously, the fa­tal­ity rate among mo­tor­cy­clists would con­tinue to rise. - Ber­nama

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