“Worst is there any truth that the federal highway is used by motorbikes to escape the arms of the law by those breaking the law?”
MOTORBIKE INFESTED FEDERAL HIGHWAY NOW A DANGEROUS DRIVE SAYS MOTORISTS!
Not many are aware of this fact that the history of the highway started after the separation of Singapore from Malaysia on 9 August 1965, when the Malaysian government decided to make Port Swettenham (now Port Klang) as Malaysia’s new national port as a replacement of Singapore.
As a result, the government planned to build a highway connecting Port Klang to Kuala Lumpur by upgrading the former Kuala Lumpur–Klang Highway (Jalan Kuala Lumpur–Klang) (opened to traffic on 14 January 1959) to a full motorway by replacing the existing at-grade intersections with interchanges, making the Federal Highway as Malaysia’s first expressway.
The Kuala Lumpur–Petaling Jaya Traffic Dispersal Scheme was implemented in 1974 under the surveillance of the Malaysian Public Works Department (JKR).
This scheme includes the Kuala Lumpur Inner Ring Road, Kuala Lumpur Middle Ring Road 1, Jalan Syed Putra and Federal Highway Route 2 (Kuala Lumpur–Petaling Jaya).
Funded by a loan granted by the World Bank, the upgrade works for the Federal Highway from Subang Airport Interchange to Kuala Lumpur started from 1974 until 1977!
One of the positive features was that motorbikes were banned from the federal highway as they had their respective motorbike lanes over the same stretch!
It was a landmark decision in the safety of users and public interests!
Any motorbikes on the federal highway were stopped by traffic police who issued a ticket and worst other penalties if found they had no license, or other issues!
However of late something is inexplicably amiss!
The current federal highway is infested with motorbikes speeding, moving right to left, left to right, damaging cars and putting all motorists at risk!
Today, there are growing complains and claims that the abuse is currently increasing because of constant checks of the Police on the segregated motorbike lanes for those who break the law by riding a motorbike without license, even a stolen motorbike, having a criminal record, or a foreigner and illegal economic migrant or worker.
So riding a motorbike on the federal highway offers an escape from the hands of the law it is alleged by individuals spoken to in anonymity by this writer in the surveyed area!
But among the issues that need a fast remedy is for the traffic police to go public on the state of the federal highway.
Are motorbikes allowed on this stretch?
If not why is there no mobilization of a security response to prevent this?
Worst, is there any truth that the federal highway is used by motorbikes to escape the arms of the law by those breaking the law?
Or will the issue be addressed only after the massive loss of lives on federal highway?