Council stands by decision to switch off traffic lights


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  • Monday, 20 Feb 2017

A motorist driving past the metal barricades placed at Jalan Desa to prevent drivers from making any U-turn.

SIBU: Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) will not make any U-turn on its decision to switch off the traffic light system at a road intersection here despite motorists’ appeals.

Since the traffic light system at Jalan Tun Abang Haji Openg and Jalan Desa was turned off two months ago, motorists have been appealing for the council to reconsider its decision.

It was learned that the rationale for permanent deactivation of the traffic light system was for motorists’ safety. Furthermore, some of the traffic lights were underutilised.

The council’s chairman for Works and Traffic, councillor Eric Wong, said a number of motorists were still hoping that the council would change its mind.

“We will keep to our decision. As we have yet to remove the traffic lights that have been deactivated and the metal barricades, people are keeping to the last hope that we will reverse our decision,” he said when contacted.

Wong said the council had deliberated on the matter before arriving at its decision, adding that the traffic lights and metal barricades would be removed soon. Concrete roadblocks will be placed there later to prevent motorists from making U-turns.

Sing Kwong Supermarket manager John Yip told Metro Sabah and Sarawak that the business was affected since the closure of the traffic light system.

“Now, motorists have to spend up to 15 minutes, worse during peak hours, to go to the next traffic light intersection to make a U-turn to our premises. They are finding it very inconvenient,” he added.

Yip said the council’s decision was “not logical” as the traffic light system was installed to control traffic flow in the first place.

“It is there for the convenience of motorists. Since the traffic lights have been installed, why deactivate them?” he asked.

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