ROAD SAFETY: 80kph and 70kph on federal, state roads respectively
KUALA LUMPUR: THE speed limit on state and federal roads will be reduced by 10kph during the Hari Raya Aidilfitri festive season.
Speed limits on federal roads will be reduced to 80kph from the current 90km/h, while state roads will see speed limits reduced to 70km/h throughout the "Ops Bersepadu" and "Ops Selamat 1" safety campaign.
The temporary speed limits will be effective from Aug 12 to 26, said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha.
He was speaking after launching the Road Safety Campaign in conjunction with Hari Raya at Terminal Bersepadu Selatan, Bandar Tasik Selatan, here yesterday.
Kong said the move to reduce the speed limit was based on a recommendation from the Works Ministry to ensure road safety and reduce road accidents this festive season.
He said the temporary speed limit would be enforced by the Road Transport Department and police during the 15-day period. Motorists and other road users were also advised to be cautious while travelling during the festive period.
Kong said his ministry had also banned heavy vehicles, such as cement lorries and low loaders, from the roads on Aug 17, 18, 25 and 26.
He said container and cargo lorries transporting electrical and electronics shipments from ports to airports were only allowed to be on the roads on the above four days between 6am and 12pm.
"Concrete mixer trucks, mobile cranes and tipper lorries can also use the roads on the above-mentioned dates, between 6am and 6pm, but only in the Klang Valley, Johor Baru, Ipoh and Kuantan," he said, adding that other types of tankers and trucks were free to pass through.
To further improve road safety, Kong said the government would be introducing a new detection system called "Automated Enforcement System" (AES).
"This is an electronic recording and detecting system to be installed at accident prone or offences prone areas to make sure motorists follow the law.
"It's equipped with a 24-hour camera and video to help capture images of the vehicle and offences committed."
Kong said more than 90 countries, including France, the United Kingdom, Australia and China had implemented the AES and it had proven to be effective in reducing road accidents and deaths.
He said the system was in the trial stages and once it had been fully tested and certified, it would be implemented at 831 "blackspots" or accident prone locations nationwide.