ACCORDING to Petaling Jaya mayor Datin Paduka Alinah Ahmad, the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) had received 97 responses to the One-Way Loop (OWL) network in the city.
“We have scrutinised the feedback and have taken measures to ensure the OWL is safe for both motorists and pedestrians.
“People have asked for crossings in Jalan Utara and we have done that and we are also in the process of intalling push-button signal lights.
“There have also been requests for the traffic flow in Jalan Yong Shook Lin to be routed in a counter-clockwise direction to ensure smooth flow and to avoid collisions at the meeting point of Jalan Yong Shook Lin and Jalan Sultan.
“This means that traffic from Jalan Selangor will not turn into Jalan Yong Shook Lin but go straight to enter Jalan Sultan and get into Jalan Yong Shook Lin,” she said.
Alinah added that the counter-clockwise traffic flow for Jalan Yong Shook Lin would take effect on Nov 16.
“We will have our enforcement officers to assist the motorists in giving directions,” she added.
Alinah was speaking after handing out certificates to 39 MBPJ enforcement officers who had gone through the MBPJ’s Basic Enforcement Course.
She also announced that MBPJ would install GPS trackers in 39 of its patrol cars in an effort to increase efficiency and reduce cost.
“With GPS, it is easier to monitor the patrol cars.
“Our operations room personnel can dispatch the nearest patrol car to another area where it is needed based on the GPS location.
“Using this technology, we can keep track of the patrol cars and easily make an informed decision to respond to any calls,” she said.
Alinah added that the GPS trackers offered an additional layer of security for the department.
“We can also keep track of the officers and ensure the patrol cars are within MBPJ’s borders.
“Other than that, if an officer or a member of the public needs help, we can send immediate assistance, even if he or she is unable to call for help,” she said.
Alinah said the GPS would also help cut down on the council’s fuel budget as the patrol cars would only be moved based on need and location.
“The tracking device will provide quick information on the location, routes of travel, idle time and mileage of each patrol car.
“Now, the officers on patrol cannot shirk from their duties or remain idle in one spot.
“If a vehicle is idle, those in the operations room will be notified,” she said