Motorcyclists can use any lane on highway, says biker group

motorPETALING JAYA: Motorcycle group Ikatan Silaturrahim Brotherhood (Brotherhood) has advised motorcyclists to use the main lanes on highways that do not have specified motorcycle lanes and to ignore impatient drivers.

This advice came following a Bernama report that two youths were killed and three others seriously hurt in an accident involving four motorcycles and a stationary car at KM297.6 of the Kuala Lumpur-Seremban Expressway early Sunday.

The report quoted Kajang district police chief ACP Othman Nayan as saying that the mishap took place when one of the motorcycles rammed into the right rear door of a Proton Gen2 car which had stalled on the emergency lane after one of its tyres burst.

Brotherhood head Azlan Sani Zawawi said such accidents were common.

He reminded motorcyclists that on highways where there were no specific lanes for motorcycles, there was no such thing as a car lane or a motorcycle lane.

“My advice for slower riders is to try to stay on the left lane. If any drivers try to tailgate you on the slowest lane, ignore them,” he told FMT.

“It’s our right to use any appropriate lane, depending on how fast we are going.”

He said many were under the misconception that emergency lanes were motorcycle lanes.

“Emergency lanes are used for people to service their cars which have broken down temporarily as well as passage for police vehicles, ambulances or fire trucks.”

However, in Malaysia, if the traffic flow is heavy, motorcyclists were allowed to use the emergency lanes to ease traffic flow.

“Nevertheless, any risk must be borne by the riders themselves.

“Keep in mind that in most breakdowns – especially if the car has a battery-related problem – the cars will swerve to the emergency lane without giving any signal.”

He stressed that emergency lanes were only reserved for temporary breakdowns and abandoning vehicles for more than 24 hours was totally “irresponsible”.

“Broken-down vehicles should be towed away to a safer place or a repair shop. Owners should put up signs such as triangular reflectors as warnings to other road users.”

Azlan also urged the authorities, including the police, public works department, highway concessionaires and local authorities, to enforce tighter rules regarding abandoned vehicles on emergency lanes.

“Brotherhood has moved at least five abandoned vehicles since the beginning of this year alone and they’d been there for months.

“These abandoned vehicles were a danger for all road users, not just motorcyclists.

“How often have we seen burned-up cars on the side of the road? The authorities don’t seem to do anything about them for months and months.”

He also advised motorcyclists to use good quality and clean visors on their helmets, adding that a motorcyclist’s visor could often mean the difference between life and death.

“Some visors are cheap and give the rider poor vision, especially when tinted.

“These (tinted visors) have proven to be dangerous at certain speeds, especially at night or when it rains.”