KUALA LUMPUR - All new federal roads will have special lanes for motorcycles to reduce fatalities involving motorcyclists and pillion riders in road accidents, Works Minister Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu said.
As for the existing federal roads, he said, the motorcycle lanes would be built if there was still reserve land at the locations and available funds.
He said the Public Works Department had been instructed to submit a proposal on the building of special lanes for motorcycles on all federal roads and to identify the "killer-stretches" and cost of the project.
"It is not going to be like before by only drawing lines on the left and right side of the road to separate the lane for motorcyclists. This time, the lane for motorcyclists will be away from the main road," he told reporters after opening a fly-over linking Jalan Ipoh to Jalan Duta here.
Due to land scarcity in Kuala Lumpur, Samy Vellu said it would be a problem to build additional lanes for motorcyclists along existing roads in Kuala Lumpur, adding that at present, the Federal Highway from Jalan Pantai to Klang already had a separate lane for motorcyclists on each side. He said the government felt the need to have special lanes for motorcyclists following a finding that it could reduce fatalities involving motorcyclists from 60 per cent to 20 per cent.
Meanwhile, sources in the ministry said the proposed building of the motorcycle lanes, estimated to cost RM300 million, would be submitted to the Cabinet after several issues on the matter were resolved.
Roads in Kuala Lumpur which recorded high fatality rates like Jalan Kepong-Kuala Lumpur, Jalan Kuching and Jalan Cheras will be given priority for building of motorcycle lanes.
The government is also considering widening existing federal roads, stretching 17,500km, from two lanes to four lanes.
On the bypass between Jalan Ipoh and Jalan Duta which was opened to traffic yesterday, Samy Vellu said it was among the steps taken by the government to reduce traffic congestion in the city.