Police: Stay off highways

Off limits: A no cycling sign is seen displayed near the Akleh highway near Ampang. — AZHAR MAHFOF/The Star

KUALA LUMPUR: Cycling on highways or expressways is prohibited and those found flouting the law can be fined up to RM2,000, says Deputy Comm Datuk Azisman Alias.

The Bukit Aman Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Department (JSPT) director said action can be taken under Section 79 of the Road Transport Act 1987, for neglecting traffic directions and signs.

“Those who fail to comply with the regulation can be fined between RM300 and RM2,000 upon conviction.

“Our priority is the safety of all road users, ” he said when contacted yesterday.

DCP Azisman said signage was visible at all toll plazas, which prohibited cycling on highways.

“They should cycle at suitable locations. In fact, along busy roads, the exhaust fumes from other vehicles might even jeopardise their health, ” he added.

Lately, there have been videos on social media showing cyclists endangering their lives and other road users by using highways and busy roads.

These videos have prompted the police to issue a statement via their official Facebook page reminding the public that cycling on highways was banned.

On proposals by certain quarters for number plates to be fitted on bicycles, DCP Azisman said it will not help on the aspect of safety.

“Such proposals have not been discussed with the police or the Road Transport Department, ” he added.

Meanwhile, Kuala Lumpur JSPT chief Asst Comm Zulkefly Yahya said cycling along highways would only invite danger.

“In fact, they might also hamper traffic flow, ” he said.

“We will take action under Section 79 of the Road Transport Act 1987 on anyone who does not adhere to regulations, ” he added.

In the Thursday night post, the police in issuing the reminder, noted that cycling has become a hobby that has gained a strong following in Malaysia.

The post has since garnered 4,500 likes, some 1,000 comments as well as 2,800 shares as of yesterday afternoon.

Majority of those who commented agreed that cycling should not be done on highways while some even urged the authorities to provide a dedicated lane for cyclists.

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