MELAKA: The state government will meet with representatives from PLUS, the North-South expressway concessionaire, this week to discuss the risk posed by heavy vehicles parked along the road shoulders near the Ayer Keroh rest and recreation (R&R) area, leading up to the Ayer Keroh toll plaza.
"From what I have surmised ... the significant number of lorries and trailers parked their vehicles there due to lack of space at the R&R as bays are occupied by smaller vehicles from 12am to 4am daily," state Transport, Works and Public Amenities committee chairman Datuk Mohd Sofi Abdul Wahab said in a media statement on Tuesday (Dec 11).
Mohd Sofi said drivers had no other option as some of them travel as far away as Penang and were in desperate need of rest despite being aware of the risks of parking their vehicles along the highway.
"I sympathise with their predicament of not having a proper place to park their vehicles," he said.
Mohd Sofi also said that one of the reasons there were inadequate parking bays at the R&R was because there was limited land in the area.
"I would recommend that PLUS assigns officers at the heavy vehicle parking bays to monitor and prevent smaller vehicles from occupy them.
Mohd Sofi said he would also bring up reports of speeding heavy vehicles to Road Transport Department.
On Dec 8, The Star reported about heavy vehicles driving above the speed limit and parking haphazardly along the on the highway.
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