Newly installed traffic lights confusing motorists


Puzzled: New traffic lights at Bulatan Pahang. - Photo by CHAN TAK KONG

THE newly installed two-coloured traffic lights at the Pahang roundabout, to alleviate traffic congestion along Jalan Tun Razak heading towards Mahameru highway, are causing confusion.

The six traffic lights that look like normal traffic lights, are designed to only be activated when congestion is detected along Jalan Tun Razak.

Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Seri Ahmad Phesal Talib said the sensor-triggered traffic lights was installed about two months ago for trial.

“The traffic lights will only be activated when the traffic along Jalan Tun Razak is backed up until the National Heart Institute.

“Once congestion is detected, the traffic lights installed at the junctions entering the roundabout from Jalan Pahang in both directions will turn yellow and then to red, allowing vehicles from Jalan Tun Razak the right of way.

“After about 40 seconds, the traffic lights will turn off and the roundabout will function as normal. “The traffic lights will only function when the need arises.

“There are three hospitals along the stretch – the National Heart Institute, Pusrawi Hospital and Hospital Kuala Lumpur Hospital, hence the dire need to find a solution to the never-ending congestion.

“We understand that many motorists are confused as the traffic lights never turn green.

“Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) will put up signboards to inform motorists on the new system that is undergoing trial, soon,” he said.

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