KUALA LUMPUR: Speed limits for federal and state roads will be temporarily reduced by 10km per hour (kph) from Jan 19 to 30, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha said.
He said in conjunction with the coming Chinese New Year celebrations, the speed limit for federal roads would be reduced to 80kph from the present 90kph, while the speed limit for state roads would be reduced to 70kph from the present 80kph.
"The temporary reduction is in the interest of road safety," Kong said in a statement yesterday.
Also, he said the Road Transport Department would be restricting the use of freight vehicles from Jan 21 to 22 and Jan 28 to 29.
He added that the department would be conducting Operasi Bersepadu from Jan 16 to 30.
The aim of the operation was to strategically monitor and facilitate traffic flow to reduce road accidents.
Kong said the ministry would be engaging the public in various road-safety campaigns, such as educational and road safety awareness programmes.
"We will use the media to broadcast advertisements and road safety tips.
"We aim to raise road safety awareness among members of the public to minimise accidents," Kong said.