Avoid entering KL from Monday, lorry drivers urged


  • Nation
  • Friday, 28 Nov 2003

PUTRAJAYA: All heavy vehicles, such as trailers and lorries, will have to use alternative routes to avoid entering Kuala Lumpur from Monday. 

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy said the diversion for lorry drivers was necessary as traffic in the Klang Valley was expected to resume its heavy flow by next week. 

“This means that there will be many motorists who will have to enter the city to bypass the major rockslide near the Bukit Lanjan interchange. 

“On a normal day, traffic flow is already very busy in the city, especially during the after office rush. 

“Coupled with this latest development, it will be even worse. So, I’m appealing to all lorry owners and drivers to abide by this new traffic diversion system,” he said after meeting with Kuala Lumpur police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Dell Akhbar Khan, Federal Traffic Chief SAC II Koh Hong Sun and PLUS Expressways Bhd managing director Datuk Idrose Mohamed at his office yesterday. 

Chan said lorry drivers from the south of the country heading north must exit from the highway at the Sungai Besi toll and then follow the road along Jalan Sungai Besi, Jalan Istana Baru and get back into the highway through the Jalan Duta toll. 

“For those from the north heading south will have to exit at the Jalan Duta toll, use the Sprint Highway then go back to the highway at the Damansara toll plaza. 

“For vehicles from Port Klang, Shah Alam or Subang heading north, the drivers will have to use Kesas Highway then exit into Jalan Sungai Besi and Jalan Istana Baru before going back to the highway through the Jalan Duta toll,” he said, adding that the police had come up with the programme to help ease and smoothen the traffic flow. 

Chan added that heavy vehicles, except those ferrying essential items and medical supplies, and garbage trucks, were banned from highways from tomorrow and until Sunday as one way of reducing road accidents during the rush back to the city. 

“I thank lorry owners and drivers for their co-operation so far. I hope they will also be equally co-operative with this new traffic diversion,” he said, adding that he would be meeting with the association representing lorry owners and drivers at his office today to brief them about the plan. 

To a question, Chan said lorry drivers should not try to flout the new traffic diversion system in consideration of the “wider, national interests.”  

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