Batu Caves folk fed up with traffic jams caused by taxis and queue cutting

Taxis waiting along Jalan Kuching near Jalan Batu Caves. Residents claim this causes congestion for motorists.

Residents claim traffic jams frequently occur at Jalan Kuching, heading into Jalan Batu Caves, because of taxis parked by the roadside.

Panneer Selvam, 69, from Medan Batu Caves, said motorists from Jalan Batu Caves could get stuck in the traffic jam for more than an hour just to exit their neighbourhood onto Jalan Kuching.

He said the traffic jam usually happened from 6am to 10am and 4pm to 8pm on working days.

“Taxis parked at the bus station and cars from the fast lane switching to the left lane are to blame for the traffic congestion.

“I would suggest cones be placed along this route and traffic police be stationed here to ensure smooth traffic during rush hour,” said Panneer, who added this problem had been going on for more than five years.

Hairul Herman, 35, from Kampung Nakhoda in Batu Caves, said that for the last three years, he gets stuck in traffic when sending his children to school.

“I notice that roads are very narrow and many cars cut queue to get into Jalan Batu Caves or head to Bulatan Batu Caves,

“This makes it hard for to exit to the main road,” he said.

Another resident D. Krishnasamy, 62, from Taman Sri Selayang, said he takes about 40 minutes from his house to get onto Jalan Kuching during rush hour.

He added that motorists were breaking traffic laws here on a daily basis with frequent accidents happening.

Meanwhile, MIC central working committee member Mathuraiveran Marimuthu, said he was stuck in the traffic jam for two hours from 6am last week.

“I think the suggestion that cones be placed here is a one idea and will send a letter to the Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai and Public Transport Commission (SPAD) next week to look into a solution to the traffic woes here.

“Having experienced the jam first hand, I totally understand the frustration of residents here who endure it on a daily basis,” he said.

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