IT'S not been an easy ride formotorcyclists at the tunnel nearthe KESAS highway. Some had todeal with nearly five punctures amonth and there is a strong suspicionamong the motorcyclists thatthe punctures were caused by nailsand screws planted by unscrupulousmobile repairmen who work on flattyres.
Kinrara assemblyman Dr Kow Cheong Wei, who visited the spot with his team recently after receiving complaints from several motorcyclists was shocked when they collected nearly 40 nails and screws from the area.
Dr Kow was convinced that the objects were planted by mobile repairmen. His team also spotted the repairmen's 'advertisement' offering their services printed on metal dividers and plastered on the wall inside the tunnel.
“They charge about RM25 to change the tubes and the rates are even higher at night,’’ he told The Star Metro
Motorcyclist Hoh See Lui, 40, who experienced five punctures over the period of a month around the same spot, said that the repairmen waited between one and two kilometres away from the spot before pouncing on their unsuspecting victims at the sign of a puncture.
“After convincing the victims that there are no motor workshops within the next five kilometres, they offer to replace the tubes for RM25 instead.
“I once got my tube changed for RM15 after spending a long time bargaining’’ he said,
James Lourdsamy said he had also experienced similar problem and believed that the repairmen were the ones behind the irksome act.
“I have no choice but to engage their services so I can continue to work,’’ said the dispatch rider.
Dr Kow said that this problem could be eradicated if KESAS offered repair services to motorcyclists.
He said he had met up with the officials from the highway operator and they had assured him that his proposal would be considered.
“They told me that they will also remove the “advertisements,” he added.