Lower limits for smaller cars being mulled


  • Nation
  • Monday, 24 Mar 2003

BY KULDEEP S. JESSY

IPOH: The Government will consider setting speed limits according to the capacity of a vehicle, especially for smaller cars like the Kancil, Works Minister Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu said yesterday. 

He said in the past, speed limits had been fixed according to the capacity of a vehicle, but the Government later scrapped this system. 

He said the ministry would discuss with the Transport Ministry on having a lower speed limit for smaller engine cars like the Kancil. 

“Kancil cars do hell on the road because the drivers are psychologically affected. 

“Their cars are small and they don’t want others to feel that their cars are small and that they cannot run fast. 

“So they want to show to others that their car can run as fast as other cars and, sometimes, I can see a Kancil car travelling at almost 130kph along the expressway,” he said after flagging off the 4th Hong Leong Foundation charity run 2003 at Dataran Ipoh here yesterday. 

On the increase in speed limit along the North-South Expressway from 110kph to 120kph announced recently, Samy Vellu said: “The increase in speed limit from 110kph to 120kph cannot be announced quickly as there are several stretches along the expressway where we cannot increase the speed limit. 

“For example, there are some stretches in Malacca where the speed limit is only 90kph. 

“We have to be very careful on this because if we increase the speed limit along these stretches, the motorists can put the blame on the Government if there is an accident,” he said.  

Other highways being considered for the new speed limit are the Kesas and Seremban-Port Dickson highways, but Samy Vellu ruled out the Damansara-Puchong highway as it is congested. 

He said the existing limits on federal roads, including 90kph for cars, would remain despite some of the roads having been upgraded into four lanes. 

Samy Vellu said the higher speed limit was for cars only and that he was not in favour of an increase in the speed limit for other vehicle such as buses, whose speed limit is 90kph.  

“I travel on the roads all the time and I see buses are travelling faster than cars.  

“We have to safeguard the lives of the people rather the interest of the driver who likes to drive faster or the company which wants to have more trips,” he said. 

Samy Vellu said he would recommend to the Transport Ministry not to increase the speed limit for buses.  

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