MOTORCYCLISTS’ attitude on the road demands study.
Every morning, when I drive on the Federal Highway from Kuala Lumpur to Shah Alam, I notice that motorcyclists are not using their lanes.
I believe the authorities have repaired motorcycle lanes that had potholes, were poorly lit and were flooded during downpours.
Motorcyclists use the middle and fast lanes instead of riding on the left side of the road.
More often than not, car drivers will horn or even ram the machines as both parties edge closer when the cars are changing lanes.
Worst still, even when a car driver uses the indicator light to change lanes, a motorcyclist, who could be 500m away, will still come in between the car, horn and ram.
There are times when these motorcyclists will show the middle finger to the car driver before riding off.
I wonder whether motorcyclists know how to use brakes. Why can’t they brake and give way to cars that are changing lanes?
But why, in the first places, are motorcyclists not using the dedicated lanes?
It is evident that motorcyclists are causing inconvenience to road users, especially when they don’t use the motorcycle lanes.
In the past, traffic police officers were stationed at the Federal Highway to warn motorcylists to use the motorcycle lanes and issue summonses to those who defy the law.
Perhaps such enforcement should continue.
I also noticed during my journey to Melaka, Seremban and Port Dickson that motorcyclists would race on the road.
They will ride in the middle and fast lanes, blocking cars from driving through.
Perhaps, just like car drivers, motorcyclists need to attend a refresher driving course.
The safety of road users needs to be looked into.
Besides that, the insurance coverage must be comprehensive to protect road users in the event of accident.
Having said that, it is obvious that the Gojek motorcycle e-hailing service will focus on chasing time, in terms of picking up and dropping off clients.
It is possible that their riders will use mobile phones while riding and this may pose a danger to road users.
The authorities need to study issues related to Gojek.
While Gojek may create jobs, the authorities also need to study youths’ mindset.
Their mindset seems to be that “I’m a graduate and I shall be paid RM2,500 a month and anything less than this, I will not take it up”, or “I have my parents to support me even if I leave my job”.
This is a mindset that needs to be changed. The authorities need to inform youths that choosing a job should not be all about the salary offered. Youths need to understand that skills and experience cannot be achieved overnight. They have to learn and gain experience.
I’m saying this from experience. I hope the authorities will continue to study Gojek’s services.
Batu Caves, Selangor