KUALA LUMPUR: Stationary vehicles in emergency lanes are among the reasons for fatal road accidents, says the Bukit Aman Traffic Investigations and Enforcement Department.
Its principal assistant director Supt Dr Bakri Zainal Abidin said many drivers, particularly lorry drivers, often stop in the emergency lane without any signs to warn other road users.
"By the time other road users, particularly motorists, notice the stationary vehicles, they are likely to crash into them," he said on the sidelines of Op Perdagangan at the Duta toll plaza.
Supt Bakri said most drivers stop in the emergency lane to rest because they feel sleepy.
However, he said the emergency lane is not the place to take a nap and advised drivers to rest well before a long journey.
"Don't take that risk because an accident is likely to happen within three seconds of one's negligent behaviour," he said, adding that the best places to rest would be at the designated rest stops along expressways.
Supt Bakri said police have so far issued 43 summonses to commercial vehicle drivers, mainly lorry drivers, who stop in emergency lanes in the second phase of Op Perdagangan which runs from Dec 5 to 9.
This is out of a total of 169 summonses issued to other errant commercial vehicle drivers who were penalised for other offences including having broken brake lights and carrying expired driving licences.
The special operation on commercial vehicles is also aimed at weeding out commercial vehicle drivers driving under the influence of drugs and other substances but none have been detected so far in this new phase.