Idling engines can cause accidents, says ferry chief


Some drivers still keep their car engines running while travelling on a ferry. (Inset) The warning sign urging drivers to turn off their engines until the ferry is about to dock.

Some drivers still keep their car engines running while travelling on a ferry. (Inset) The warning sign urging drivers to turn off their engines until the ferry is about to dock.

MOTORISTS have been advised not to leave their car engines running while taking the ferry across the Penang channel.

Due to the hot spell, some have decided to sit in their vehicles to cool off despite two large signage at the front and rear of the ferry telling motorists to refrain from such act.

A recent check on a ferry from the island to the mainland found at least five vehicles with their engines still running.

RapidFerry head Osman Amir said that their crew members have been advising drivers numerous times to switch off their car engines.

“Many gave excuses that the weather was too hot or their children could not cope with the heat.

“Accidents may happen when the engine is still running on board a moving ferry.

“They also have to be considerate to other passengers and motorcyclists at the rear of the ferry due to the fumes from their vehicles,” he said.

Osman urged ferry commuters to observe all safety measures to ensure a pleasant journey for all.

Northern Region