Road Safety Depart­ment mulls re­strict­ing mo­tor­cy­cles to left lane to re­duce fa­tal­ity rate

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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 small en­gine 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 150cc and below to a max­i­mum of 70 kilo­me­tres 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 non- gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions (NGOs) and mo­tor­ing as­so­ci­a­tions. — Ber­nama

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