Dangerous stretch for motorists

Motorists are unaware that they have entered the lane meant for oncoming traffic because of faded road lines on Jalan Sungai Bertih. — S.S. KANESAN/The Star

Motorists in Klang are troubled over faded road lines on Jalan Sungai Bertih as they pose a danger to road users.

The worn-out markings are meant to show that motorists must give way 80m from the intersection of Jalan Teluk Pulai and Jalan Sungai Bertih.

Most of the time, motorists are unaware that they have entered the lane meant for oncoming traffic.

Resident Meor Zukni Amirrudin, 42, who works for an engineering firm, said the absence of clear delineated lanes not only confused motorists new to the area but also posed a danger to road users.

“Klang Municipal Council’s (MPK) Engineering Department has neglected to refresh the thermoplastic road line paint with different shaped lines, arrows and caution words, ” he pointed out.

“The road lines have faded since the past two years as hundreds of vehicles use the road each day.”

Meor Zukni added that accidents and near misses occurred at the point where the lane switched directions, just a short distance after motorists turned into Jalan Sungai Bertih from Jalan Teluk Pulai.

“MPK has neglected the upkeep of the roads.

“In fact, the lines on other roads such as Jalan Teluk Pulai and Jalan Sungai Udang also need to be repainted.

“Motorists want the council to instal two different reflectors, yellow reflectors to guide motorists at night and red ones as a delineator to warn motorists that they should not enter the next lane, ” he said.

Fong Kok Loong, 47, who owns a motorcycle shop opposite Jalan Sungai Bertih, said from January to February this year, there were at least three accidents involving cars and motorcycles as motorists were not aware of the lane switch because of the faded lines.

“It is extremely dangerous.

“MPK must use the allocated Malaysian Road Records Information System (Marris) Federal Government fund to repair the road quickly, ” he added.

Local trader, Razali Yacob, 55, said the faded road markings caused confusion among motorists.

“I agree that quality road reflectors must be installed for people’s safety.

“The monies collected from assessment taxes must be used for these basic amenities.

“Do not let tragedy strike before action is initiated, ” he added.

MPK Engineering Department Zamri Othman said the council had a schedule and would have the roads painted.

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