PETALING JAYA - Traffic movement was slow and heavy, clogging several major highways following an increase in the number of vehicles heading back to the capital.
A spokesman of the PLUS Expressways Sdn Bhd Traffic Control Centre said traffic began to increase from 11.30am yesterday and remained heavy in the afternoon.
"Traffic was slow northbound from Simpang Ampat to Pedas Linggi until Seremban for 15km.
"From the north, the increase in traffic volume can be seen along the North-South Expressway beginning from Taiping Utara heading towards Changkat Jering up to Bukit Berapit, Kuala Kangsar to Seberang Perak, Ipoh to Simpang Pulai and Tapah to Bidor," he said, yesterday.
Travellers on the espressway also experienced delays from Permatang Pauh to Seberang Jaya (2km), Autocity to Tol Juru (2km), Changkat Jering to Kuala Kangsar (15km), Menora Tunnel to Jelapang (3km), Ipoh to Simpang Pulai (4km), Bidor to Sungkai (5km) and Sungai Buaya to Rawang (7km).
The congestion also saw many rest and recreation areas along the highway crammed with people, many with their families.
Muhammad Yazid, 43, said he and his family started their journey back to Kuala Lumpur from their hometown in Ipoh at noon to avoid jams.
"I have work tomorrow and my kids would need to start preparing for their school soon," he said at the Sg Buloh rest area.
"We decided to balik kampung for our vacation because I just want my family to be away from all the hustle and bustle of the city life and enjoy what Mother Nature has to offer," he said, adding that his children had enjoyed a waterfall trip near their hometown.
Zulkifli Ahmad, 48, said the traffic jam was less frustrating this time as he and their family took the time to reflect on the fun they had during vacation in Cameron Highlands.
On the Karak highway, traffic was at a 14km crawl from Bentong westbound to Bukit Tinggi at noon and remained slow for 3km from Bentong Timur to Bentong Barat.
There was also a slight build-up at the Bangunan Sultan Iskandar Customs, Immigration and Quarantine Complex (CIQ) in Johor in both directions.
A Malaysian Highway Authority (LLM) spokesman said traffic flow in the East Coast was expected to move slowly until midnight.
He said the increase in vehicle volume from the East Coast Highway heading for the Gombak Toll Plaza caused the traffic to slow down.
Heavy traffic had been reported since Saturday night along several major highways heading towards the capital after the Maulidur Rasul and Christmas public holidays fell on Thursday and Friday, followed by the weekend.
The public can get the latest traffic information via toll-free Plusline at 1800-88-0000 and Twitter at www.twitter.com/plustrafik or LLM line at 1800-88-7752 and Twitter at www.twitter.com/llminfotrafik.