KUALA LUMPUR: The Road Transport Department has announced a ban on three categories of heavy vehicles from using the roads during four selected days and time frames during the Hari Raya Aidilfitri travel period.
The dates are July 26 and July 27, when the balik kampung exodus is expected to peak – and Aug 2 and Aug 3, for the balik kota rush back to the cities.
The objectives of the restriction are to reduce fatal accidents and to achieve sustainable traffic flow.
Based on a department document made available to The Star, the first category of vehicles, which are strictly prohibited on the roads, are low loader lorries carrying timber or building materials, such as cement, steel, sand, iron and stone – tipper-dumpers and concrete mixers.
Also in this category are car carrier trailers heavier than 5,000kg, lorries carrying minerals (such as tin and coal) and non-emergency tractors and tow trucks.
The second category is a travel ban from 6am to midnight for container and cargo lorries carrying electronic and electrical goods.
The third category – from 6am to 6pm – are for mobile cranes covering a distance of not more than 25km from any construction site in the Klang Valley, Johor Baru, Kuantan and Ipoh.
There are no restrictions for other vehicles to use the roads on any day, including container lorries travelling between ports and airports to industrial areas and fuel tankers.
They also include lorries carrying daily goods, gas cylinders and chemicals for medicinal purposes and chemical industries; as well as courier services and rescue operation vehicles.