On May 22, a large number of vehicles were found to be using the emergency lane along Simpang Ampat, Alor Gajah, obstructing an ambulance from being able to respond to an accident in a timely manner. Last week, it was reported that owners of seven vehicles who blocked the emergency lane would be taken to court.

Now, The Star reports that 91 vehicle owners have been issued with notices to appear before the Road Transport Department (JPJ) for questioning for using the emergency lane in the incident that day.

According to JPJ deputy director-general (planning and operations) Datuk Yusoff Ayob, the notices were issued after the department completed an investigation based on a video recording made that day. “All owners involved are given 14 days to come to the JPJ office under Section 114 of the Road Transport Act 1987,” he said.

As for the earlier seven, JPJ director of enforcement Datuk V. Valluvan Veloo had stated that 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.