PETALING JAYA: Four taxi drivers refused to give way to an ambulance although the driver used the loudspeaker to warn them.
Star Online said Hospital Putrajaya medic Muhd Azul loaded a video of the incident on his Facebook page.
The video showed four taxis blocking the way of the ambulance rushing to render aid after two lorries and two cars were involved in an accident yesterday afternoon at Km28.6, from Putrajaya to KLIA.
The accident caused a 7km crawl on the Elite Highway.
The taxis, after being warned by the ambulance driver, had difficulty leaving the emergency lane because of the standstill traffic. This delayed the ambulance.
Earlier last month, the Road Transport Department (JPJ) had announced that anyone using the emergency lane would not be allowed to compound the offence but will have to attend court to answer for the offence.
They can be fined up to RM2,000 or jailed for less than a year for the offence under Rule 9 and 53 of the Road Traffic Rules 1959.
The RTD had also warned that videos and photographs taken by the public could be used against these offenders.
Meanwhile, the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) has also warned that it will not tolerate public transport, freight and tourism service providers abusing the emergency lanes.
“On July 4, SPAD via a video recording shared on social media, observed a few taxis blocking an ambulance on the emergency lane when it was responding to a distress call.
“This offence falls under the purview of the Road Transport Act 1987.
“SPAD views this matter seriously and will take action against drivers through the relevant operators,” said SPAD in a statement here today.
SPAD will work with the RTD to investigate such incidents and take appropriate action.
This may include the suspension and revocation of Driver’s Card/Vehicle Permit or Operator Licence under the Land Public Transport Act 2010.
“SPAD wishes to remind all land public transport operators and drivers to always prioritise the safety of passengers and other road users at all times.”
Video link : Facebook Muhd Azul