THE Penang Island City Council (MBPP) has initiated a campaign to prevent motorcycles from using dedicated pedestrian walkways and bicycle lanes on the island.
Mayor Datuk Yew Tung Seang said the ‘No Motorcycles On Walkways & Bicycles Lanes’ campaign aimed to educate motorcyclists on not misusing dedicated lanes so that mishaps or accidents that may cause danger to pedestrians could be avoided.
“We have started this campaign for quite some time, especially in the aspect of educating and advising the motorcyclists.
“We want them to realise that their carelessness can cause danger to pedestrians, ” he told reporters after a recent full council meeting at City Hall.
Yew said the city council had also identified several hotpots on the island where dedicated pedestrian walkways and bicycles lanes were often misused by motorcyclists.
Among the hotpots were the Esplanade, Jalan Kelawei, Karpal Singh Drive and Queensbay Mall.
He pointed out that those who failed to adhere to the ruling could be slapped with a RM300 compound, imposed under Section 46 of the Road Traffic Rules 1959.
“Out intention is not to punish but to educate.
“Compounds will be issued to errant motorcyclists after the education period has ended, following which enforcement will be implemented against them.
“Motorcyclists should follow the rules for the sake of safety and not use the dedicated lanes that were specially made for pedestrians and cyclists, ” he added.
MBPP councillor Gerald Mak Mun Keong said currently, the campaign would emphasise on the education aspect.
“We want to raise awareness among the public, especially motorcyclists about the new regulation.
“MBPP will be issuing compounds starting from January after the city council has sorted out certain formalities on the ruling.
“The council will act and issue compounds to motorcyclists who fail to follow the rules, but for now, we will focus on education and awareness first, ” he said.
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