SHAH ALAM: Works Minister Fadillah Yusof today took up the challenge to ride a motorcycle on the motorcycle lane next to the Federal Highway.
Fadillah rode his bike accompanied by several officers from the Public Works Department (JKR). He started his journey on the Kuala Lumpur side of the highway, from the Universiti LRT station, riding his bike all the way to Shah Alam.
Speaking at a press conference held after the journey at the Batu 3 toll rest stop leading back to KL, Fadillah mentioned several issues that he observed along the ride.
Among the issues were that the roads were too narrow; several tunnels were poorly lit, if at all; the presence of shrubbery which could be used by thieves at night; sharp corners; the lack of fences between the road and drains/rivers; the entrances and exits of the motorcycle lanes being too narrow; and construction sites encroaching into motorcycle lanes.
“In roads from KL to Petaling Jaya, the roads are still too narrow but we may have issues widening it since there might not be enough space to do so,” he said.
“For sharp corners perhaps we could put in bumps and ensure that there is enough signage to warn riders to slow down before the turns.
“Meanwhile, I understand that the temporary roads given to riders along where construction is taking place may be only wide enough for a single lane but you’ll (motorcyclists) have to bear with us for now, and please follow the road regulations and watch your speed along these roads.”
He added that fixing the motorcycle lanes was a continuous process which was why complaints from motorcyclists were important to ensure that the authorities were aware of areas that required fixing.
“We have to fix potholes within 24 hours but a fixed pothole today might become an issue again tomorrow. So this is really a continuous work in progress.”
He added that road users who were aware of any issues on motorcycle lanes could use the ministry’s mobile application “Aduan Jalan KKR.”
“We launched the app in March last year and so far more than 5,000 users have signed up.”
The app allows users to send GPS locations of problem areas, including a picture as well as details of the issue.
FMT recently published an exclusive interview with the Works Minister who said that JKR had not received any complaints regarding the safety of motorcycle lanes.
Many readers expressed their dissatisfaction over the Minister’s statement, with many inviting the Minister to see the motorcycle lanes first-hand.