By Amiril Muttaqien Meketar and Muhammad Afiq Mohd Asri
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 25 (Bernama) — An average three million motor vehicles exit and enter Kuala Lumpur daily with 58 per cent comprising cars and 27 per cent, motorcycles.
The rest are heavy vehicles such as buses and lorries,” said Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), Civil Engineering and City Transport Department senior director (City Transport), Abdul Hamid Surip.
He said the main roads and routes around the city could only accommodate between 800 and 1,200 vehicles daily on each lane.
“Just by looking at the comparison we can figure out the main cause of the traffic congestion here.
“Almost 35 to 40 per cent of motor vehicles in the city are trapped in traffic congestion during peak hours daily because of this imbalance,” he told Bernama here.
Abdul Hamid said there are about 12 major road entry points into the city, which also contributed to the congestion.
The entry points include Jalan Ipoh, Jalan Pahang, Jalan Klang Lama, Jalan Syed Putra, Federal Highway, Maju Expressway and Cheras, he said.
Meanwhile, KL traffic police chief ACP Mohd Nadzri Hussain said 300 traffic police personnel are assigned daily to manage round-the-clock traffic flow in the city.
The personnel are also tasked with controlling traffic flow during peak hours from 6.30 am till 9.30 am and 4.30 pm till 7.30 pm, he told Bernama.
“The personnel will be based in 13 zones around KL – 140 of them will manage traffic flow during peak hours.
“We also open a contraflow lane stretching 10 km from the Batu 9 toll plaza, Cheras to Jalan Loke Yew during peak hours to ease traffic congestion,” he said.
He said restriction notices are also issued to heavy vehicles against entering the city and these vehicles are barred from entering the Jalan Duta toll plaza, Sungai Besi toll plaza and Jalan Kuching.
Mohd Nadzri said the ongoing development in Kuala Lumpur was also a traffic congestion factor.
“For example, the Duta-Ulu Kelang 2 Expressway project has aggravated the congestion along Jalan Pahang and Jalan Tun Razak. But I am sure the development will benefit motorists when it is completed,” he said.
Mohd Nadzri cited road accidents as another factor that could temporarily cause traffic disruption.
Road accidents increased by 1.7 per cent last year from 61,986 cases in 2014 to 63,053 in 2015, he said.
He said casualties increased by 11.7 per cent from 218 cases in 2014 to 247 last year.
But cases of serious injuries decreased by 87.1 per cent from 131 cases to 70 cases in the same period, he said.
“Our operations to manage traffic disruption when accidents happen are hindered by personnel and logistics constraints. We need additional assets such as a towing truck. We only have one currently,” he said.