MP: Build motorcycle lane on busy expressway

  • Metro News
  • Monday, 03 Jun 2019

Motorcyclists are especially vulnerable on the Pulau Indah Expressway.

KAPAR MP Datuk Abdullah Sani Abdul Hamid is urging the authorities to build a dedicated motorcycle lane along the busy Pulau Indah Expressway as a way to reduce accidents and fatalities involving motorcyclists.

“There have been too many fatal accidents involving motorcyclists on Pulau Indah Expressway. It is a busy route with a lot of container lorries using this highway.”

He said there was a crucial need for a separate lane with a barrier just for motorcycles.

“Public Works Department (JKR) and other authorities carrying out road improvement works must create a dedicated motorcycle lane,” he said, adding that he would bring the matter up in Parliament.

Abdullah Sani said most of those riding the smaller engine motorcycles on the expressway were from the B40 group who live in Selat Klang, Port Klang or Kapar and work in Pulau Indah.

“If we want to curb deaths on this expressway, we definitely have to reduce motorcycle fatalities. We need to have a dedicated lane for two-wheelers.

“JKR must be open to suggestions to see its implementation and the Federal Govern-ment needs to provide the funds,” he added.

The MP was commenting on StarMetro’s front-page story titled “An expressway many motorists prefer to avoid.”

StarMetro’s report on May 16.

On May 16, StarMetro highlighted a particularly dangerous stretch along the 17.7km Pulau Indah Expressway, where there had been more than 2,300 accidents since 2017 with 26 deaths.

Deplorable road conditions and motorists’ aggressive driving are the main reasons that stretch had gained a notorious reputation.

An estimated 50,000 vehicles ply this route daily. The expressway’s users are mostly people living on Pulau Indah where the Selat Lumut Bridge connects Port Klang on the mainland to the island.

South Klang OCPD Asst Comm Shamsul Amar Ramli attributed the accidents there to bad visibility during rain, unsafe road conditions, drivers not adhering to the speed limit and non-functioning streetlights along certain stretches.

ACP Shamsul said he had proposed several times at the Klang Municipal Council fullboard meetings to have a motorcycle lane on the expressway but it had not materialised.

He noted that the most dangerous stretch was after the bridge, heading towards Westport, where there was a sharp bend in the road.

“Many accidents have occurred here and the streetlights have been out of order for some time,” he said.

Abdullah Sani said he would discuss with JKR to repair the non-functioning streetlights.Union of Employees of Port Ancillaries Services Suppliers secretary A. Balasubramaniam, who met Abdullah Sani at a buka puasa event, highlighted the matter while urging the MP to push for a dedicated motorcycle lane on the Pulau Indah Expressway.

“This issue needs serious attention because there have been too many deaths on the expressway,” said Balasubramaniam.

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