THE Seberang Prai Municipal Council is going all out to keep roads clean and safe.
It has spent RM720,000 on a new road sweeper vehicle to vacuum stones, soil and dust off major roads on the mainland.
Municipal councillor Soon Lip Chee said the vehicle, which was similar to the ones used on major highways, would operate on two shifts daily.
He said road-sweeping operations using the new vehicle started on Jan 2.
“We need to sweep our roads constantly to prevent motorists from skidding off and meeting with accidents.
“The council has placed an order for two more road sweeper vehicles, which will arrive in May,” he said.
He was speaking after watching council workers using the new vehicle to sweep along Jalan P. Patto in Butterworth on Tuesday.
Soon said when all three vehicles were operational, the council would deploy a vehicle each on the mainland’s three districts – north Seberang Prai, central Seberang Prai and south Seberang Prai.
At present, he said, only major roads would be swept using the vehicle.
Soon said the services would be extended to smaller roads within housing and commercial schemes once all three machines were operational.
He said the vehicle’s sales agent had last month given a crash course to some 15 council workers to get them familiarised with the sophisticated machine.
Soon said the council bought a smaller road sweeper vehicle in 1995 and two similar ones in 1998.
“Sadly, all the three small road sweeper vehicles were condemned some time in 2008.
“Since then, the council’s special squad workers have been manually sweeping the roads and occasionally using water jets to clean the roads,” he said.
Soon said although the new road sweeper vehicle would be used only on main roads for now, the public could request its services elsewhere, such as in areas where there are lots of nails and broken glass.