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Published: Tuesday June 18, 2013 MYT 7:30:00 AM
Updated: Monday July 15, 2013 MYT 2:22:55 PM

Hisham: Special squad to be set up to improve motorbike lanes

A motorcyclist riding avoiding a pothole while riding through a motorcycle lane at the Federal Highway in this filepix. A motorcyclist riding avoiding a pothole while riding through a motorcycle lane at the Federal Highway in this filepix.

KUALA LUMPUR: Acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein has proposed that a special squad be set up to look into the problems of crime and vandalism in motorcycle lanes.

He said the squad could involve the Road Safety Department, Road Transport Department and People's Volunteer Corps (Rela). He did not elaborate on the matter.

On the surveys carried out at the motorcycle lanes here, Hishammuddin said many facilities such as street lamps and road dividers were damaged, besides the occurrence of robberies that threatened the safety of motorcyclists especially at night.

He said some improvements should be made to the lanes, such as the side slopes, maintaining of pump house in the tunnel, waterlogged areas and street lamps.

Hishammuddin recently went to the street on a motorbike to see for himself the condition of motorcycle lanes, especially along major highways.

The Star last month highlighted that although studies showed that road deaths could be reduced if motorcyclists stayed on lanes allotted to them, they had good reason not to do so because the lanes were unsafe and using them could endanger their lives.

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Tags / Keywords: Motorbike, lanes, transport

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