KL lorry drivers still flouting rush-hour ban

KL lorry drivers still flouting rush-hour ban

KUALA LUMPUR - Lorry drivers are still flouting the regulation which prohibits heavy vehicles from using highways during the morning rush hour.

Sixty-two lorry drivers have been summoned since Wednesday during the traffic enforcement operations targeting heavy vehicles.

Officers slapped fines on 36 lorries yesterday alone while their operations on the two previous days netted 26 vehicles.

Bukit Aman head of traffic enforcement Supt Bon Jeen Ahrom said heavy vehicles were banned from highways during peak hours because they caused traffic congestion.

"The restriction was announced some time ago, yet we still see drivers who choose to ignore the rules," he told reporters after an operation at the Sungai Buloh rest and service area yesterday.

Vehicles weighing 10,000kg and above, except for buses, are banned from highways between 6.30am and 9.30am on weekdays.

The highways are the New Klang Valley Expressway stretch between Shah Alam and Jalan Duta, the North-South Expressway between Sungai Buloh and Bukit Lanjan and the Federal Highway Route 2 between Subang and Sungai Rasau.

The ban was gazetted on May 15, 2010 and started on Aug 2, the same year.

Supt Bon Jeen said signs were in place to remind drivers of the ban, adding that their claim of ignorance of the ban was not an excuse.

A spokesman from the Malaysian Highway Authority said exceptions might be considered for emergency cases after an application had been submitted to the authority.

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