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The recent incident where emergency services were severely obstructed from getting to a crash site due to lane hoggers blocking the emergency lane has prompted calls to take action against the offenders. This can be done via photographic and video evidence.

Kuala Lumpur Fire and Rescue Department assistant director (operations) Azizan Ismail has advised motorists to take pictures of drivers hogging emergency lanes and send them to JPJ, The Sun reports. He said more and more road users were using the lane, especially during peak hours.

“While the public can report to RTD, please also take pictures of the cars as evidence,” he told reporters. He said that these lane hoggers were causing the response time for emergency units to be delayed in cases of accidents. He urged the public to imagine the consequences if their family members were the ones deprived of emergency aid because of such irresponsible behaviour from motorists.

Meanwhile, owners of seven vehicles who blocked the emergency lane along Simpang Ampat, Alor Gajah on May 22 will be taken to court, JPJ director of enforcement Datuk V. Valluvan Veloo said. He said that these vehicles had clearly obstructed an ambulance during an emergency that day. They will be charged under the Road Traffic Regulation 1959, which carries a fine of up to RM2,000 or six months’ jail for first time offenders.

In the incident, a motorcyclist hit a car parked on the emergency lane at Km228 (southbound) of the North-South Expressway at 4.30 pm. The rider landed in the middle of the highway, and a lorry overturned in an attempt to avoid him. The first emergency medical team could have reached the site in about 20 minutes, but took an hour because of the traffic obstruction.