THERE were 2,492 faulty or stalled trucks or container lorries on the roads of Port Klang from January 2013 to May this year. That means on average there were 147 such incidents in a month, over 17 months.
On average five trucks or lorries stalled in a day, causing untold misery to motorists.
If you drive into Port Klang you are bound to see a truck stalled either in the middle of the road or by the side of the road.
We are used to this — there is always massive traffic congestion at Port Klang caused by these faulty or stalled trucks.
The question that begs an answer is why are so many trucks getting stalled in Port Klang?
Could it be the poor road condition? Could it be the overloading of these vehicles? Or could it be the poor maintenance of the trucks by the owners and the companies concerned?
Whatever the reason, I believe that there must be corrective measures taken by the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD).
SPAD officials must settle this problem as soon as possible. The congestion caused by these trucks is too much for freight forwarders, customers and shipping agencies.
Several hundred man hours are lost due to these truck owners who fail to maintain their vehicles.
SPAD must study the causes and come out with measures, such as engaging tow truck companies or teams of heavy lorry mechanics, to ply the roads of Port Klang to repair these vehicles or move them out of the congested area.
The current road construction in Port Klang has further aggravated the situation, where we see kilometres of vehicles lining up due to one truck’s faulty engine or broken drive shaft.
It is a crying shame that these issues are not addressed by the authorities.
I wonder if roadworthiness tests conducted by Puspakom have any bearing on the vehicles.
How can these trucks that go for their roadworthiness tests every six months break down so often?
A day before the roadworthiness tests, you can see the trucks painted and in mint condition. You will see new tyres even coated with a layer of tyre polish.
But after the tests by Puspakom, the trucks’ new tyres are replaced by the old tyres. How is this so?
I hope that SPAD will conduct a thorough study to resolve this long lingering issue in Port Klang.
This problem must not be ignored and permanent measures must be put in place to ensure that there is no traffic congestion in Port Klang.
The new roads and the new flyovers which are being constructed will mean nothing if these vehicles continue to fail anytime and anywhere on the roads leading in and out of Port Klang.
We do not want to waste more time sitting in our cars due to these faulty lorries and trucks, affecting our daily lives in Port Klang.
I hope the relevant agencies under the Transport Ministry and SPAD will seriously review their inspection policies and ensure that checks are conducted on all vehicles which were inspected recently to nab the culprits who abuse the system.
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