KUALA LUMPUR: It’s back to work for most Klang Valley folk.
The “reverse exodus” of traffic from throughout the peninsula to the federal capital was smooth yesterday morning.
A PLUS Malaysia Berhad spokesman told Bernama that as at 9am, traffic was smooth flowing on the North-South Expressway (NSE), Elite Highway, Malaysia-Singapore Second Link, the Butterworth-Kulim Expressway and the Penang Bridge.
The situation was reported to be the same for Klang Valley-bound traffic from the east coast.
And after days of excessive traffic, Penangites were seeing less congested roads.
A check by The Star at the Juru toll plaza showed a smooth traffic flow on both the directions of the NSE.
The smooth flow of traffic could be due to the “good planning” by road users. Many had started to leave for their home gradually over the weekend.
K. Parthipan, who has been a taxi driver for 10 years, said the congestion had eased up since yesterday evening as many had already returned home earlier.
“It is nice to drive on the highway when there are fewer vehicles,” he said.
A tow truck operator, who only wanted to known as Lee, said he was also surprised by the smooth traffic flow on the highway.
“I believe that the road users had left earlier to avoid a big rush later today (yesterday),” he added.
In GUA MUSANG, Bernama reported that 2,000 cups of coffee were given out to road users on the last day of Ops Selamat by police at a petrol station in Jalan Persiaran Raya here on Saturday night.
The programme was to cheer up motorists especially those who were driving long distance from Kota Baru to Kuala Lumpur.
Gua Musang District deputy police chief DSP Abdullah Daud said the coffee break was the initiative of the district police headquarters to care for the safety of motorists by encouraging them to take a break before continuing their journey.
He said the annual programme was held during the festive seasons, adding that there was only one fatal accident recorded during the 11-day road safety operation.