KUALA LUMPUR – The Government has no intention of increasing the exisiting national speed limit, said Deputy Works Minister, Datuk Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin,
Replying to a question from Mohd Imran Abdul Hamid (PKR-Lumut) in the Dewan Rakyat here today, Rosnah said the speed limits were set based on the geometric design of the roads which was suitable for vehicle speed of 120 kilometres per hour (km/h).
“The gazetted speed limits on the road and highways in this country are aimed at ensuring overall safety of road users.
“This is because safety is one of the key factors in determining the speed limit at a location such as an area with high-population density, areas approaching the toll plaza, exits and crosswinds,” she said.
Rosnah said the proposal was also seen as not necessary because only 10 per cent of vehicles in the country are in the high-speed category.
The ministry, Rosnah said, held periodic meetings with the Transport Ministry, the police and other related agencies on matters concerning speed limits.
The national speed limit set was 110km/h on intercity highways, 90km/h (on city highways) and 90km/h (on federal roads), she said.
Rosnah said the government was serious about road safety based on road accident statistics which were still at a high level, including those involving fatalities.
Based on statistics, in 2012 a total of 4,753 fatal accidents were recorded, major accidents (8,430) and minor accidents (6,702). While in 2013, fatal accidents recorded were 4,484, major accidents (2,870) and minor accidents (4,931). – BERNAMA