Traffic builds up on most major highways


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 20 Feb 2018

Building up: The traffic situation at the North South Highway near Seberang Jaya at 5.30pm yesterday.

KUALA LUMPUR: Traffic on most major highways in the Klang Valley has picked up following the Chinese New Year celebrations and long weekend.

However, no major traffic congestion was reported as many motorists made their way back to Kuala Lumpur and Selangor from their respective hometowns.

City Traffic Investigation and Enforcement chief Asst Comm Zulkefly Yahya said traffic was still moderate up to midday yesterday.

“Based on our observation of traffic in the city, it was still relatively clear in the morning as many people are still on leave.

“However, towards noon, we did notice a considerable increase in the number of vehicles on the road,” he said.

The number was expected to increase significantly towards evening, he added.

“We have deployed enough traffic police around the city for Ops Selamat and will keep a close watch for any infringements of traffic laws,” he said.

ACP Zulkefly advised motorists to obey traffic regulations and be mindful of other road users.

Come rain or shine: A Rela personnel on duty to ensure smooth traffic flow at the Gombak Toll Plaza.
Come rain or shine: A Rela personnel on duty to ensure smooth traffic flow at the Gombak Toll Plaza.

“Driving beyond the speed limit, talking on the phone while driving and running a red light are among the major offences we are looking out for.

“We hope all motorists will drive in an orderly manner without endangering themselves and others,” he said.

Acting Selangor Traffic Investigations and Enforcement chief DSP Sahimi Husin had said that statistics showed a drop in accidents during this iteration of Ops Selamat.

“We also issued more summonses compared to the same period last year.

“We are taking a more aggressive stance to reduce overall incidents,” he said.

In BUKIT MERTAJAM, traffic along the North South Expressway was seen building up in the afternoon with many vehicles leaving the island to head back north and south.

Traffic began building up at the Sungai Dua and Juru toll plazas by about 3pm and even the three-lane stretch at Seberang Jaya did not help ease congestion.

It was a bumper-to-bumper crawl by 5pm when more vehicles left the island after working hours.

Traffic eased up past the toll plazas.

Empty streets no more: Pedestrians crossing a busy road in Kuala Lumpur.
Empty streets no more: Pedestrians crossing a busy road in Kuala Lumpur.

In JOHOR BARU, the two exit points into Singapore recorded heavy traffic with many Singaporeans returning after spending the Chinese New Year break here.

Johor Traffic Enforcement and Investigation Department chief Supt Razak Md Said said no major congestion was recorded along major highways and roads in the state yesterday.

“However, there was serious congestion at the Second Link near Gelang Patah and at the Bangunan Sultan Iskandar Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) Complex here,” he said.

Traffic started to build up in the afternoon with many Singaporeans returning home as they would be going back to work there today, he said when contacted.

Supt Razak urged motorists, especially those from Singapore, to always plan their journey ahead of time to avoid getting stuck in traffic.

He said it was quite normal for traffic at the exit points to be congested after a stretch of public holidays.

“This is not something out of the ordinary.

“We have placed traffic personnel in several locations to ease the traffic flow towards the Causeway and Second Link,” he added.

In KUANTAN, highway concessionaire Anih Bhd said an estimated 237,000 Klang Valley-bound motorists used the Kuala Lumpur-Karak Highway (KLK) and East Coast Expressway 1 (ECE1) yesterday, a 60% increase over the daily average.

Anih director Datuk Nik Fauzi Nik Hussein said the increase was because of many people returning to the city after the Chinese New Year celebrations.

He said the majority of the traffic was on the KLK, which saw about 176,000 road users yesterday compared to 108,000 on an average day; ECE1 had 61,000 motorists, compared to 41,000 on normal days.

The concessionaire expects less traffic today as most people would have returned to the city earlier.

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