Despite the fact that such slow-moving vehicles are not allowed on Kuala Lumpur city roads during peak traffic, the indomitable heavy lorry drivers are still violating the law. It has been in the books since 1995, but there is still a section of heavy vehicle drivers who take advantage of the inconvenience of other road users.
Incidentally – a cement lorry that broke down during morning rush hour traffic on the East-West Link Expressway at Taman Cantt, heading for Taman Lane Seng. A tweet from the Integrated Transport Information System (ITIS) shows an image of a parked car – which should not have been on city streets at the time – blocking both left and center lanes of the highway, effectively creating additional traffic congestion due to its presence.
If one is not clear about it, heavy vehicles weighing more than 10,000 kg (Berat Tanpa Muatan or BTM) are prohibited from using the highway from 6am to 9.30am and daily from 4pm to 6pm. On Sundays and public holidays. It is listed in the Official Gazette PU (A) 409 under the Road Transport (Slow Vehicles) (Prohibition of Road Use) (City of Kuala Lumpur) (Amendment) Order 1995.
The order issued by the head of Kuala Lumpur under sub-section 70 (1) of the Road Transport Act 1987 covers all roads in the city center, including the main arterial road leading to the city center. The city center is defined as the area bounded by Jalan Tun Razak, Jalan Yu, Jalan Sungai Besi, Jalan Lapangan Terbang Lama, Jalan Istana and Mahameru Highway where the main arterial roads include Jalan Ampang, Jalan Kuching, Jalakan Tun Rajak. Sentul, Jalan Bansar etc.
East-West Highway: A damaged cement truck heading to Lent Seng / Grandsaga Park exit in Connaught Park. Some left and middle lanes blocked. Traffic police at the scene. #kltu pic.twitter.com/D3pwlgdXb7
– ITIS DBKL (TIITIS_TRAFIK) May 25, 2022
Additionally, the NKVE stretches between Shah Alam and Jalan Dutar, the Plus Highway between Sungai Buloh and Bukit Lanjan, and the Federal Highway 2 between Subang and Sungai Rasah, and heavy vehicle restrictions have been lifted during the mentioned period. The ban applies to Class 2 and 3 vehicles carrying 10 tons of load, as well as to vehicles defined as “slow-moving”, including excavators and bulldozers.
Authorities are certainly cracking down on such activities, but there are enough opportunists out there who don’t care what the law says. In fact, as the broken cement carrier shows, it has taken on massive proportions late again – we are sure that many of you have noticed heavy vehicles around you every morning.
Strict enforcement of rules is a must – it’s bad enough that traffic is as heavy as in the morning, and certainly no one needs heavy vehicles. What are your thoughts on this? Share them in the comments section.