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The Road Transport Department (JPJ) has used video evidence posted on Facebook to issue 91 notices to vehicle owners seen using the highway emergency lane on May 22 in Melaka. The vehicles obstructed an ambulance from being able to respond to an accident in a timely manner.

“All owners involved are given 14 days to come to the JPJ office under Section 114 of the Road Transport Act 1987,” JPJ deputy director-general (planning and operations) Datuk Yusoff Ayob was reported saying yesterday. JPJ has since asked the public to record images of emergency lane offenders and send it to aduantrafik@jpj.gov.my.

Now, The Star reports that the police may haul up motorists using emergency lanes to assist in investigations, including those with pictures of their vehicles and number plates posted on Facebook, according to Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Noor Rashid Ibrahim.

Those found guilty will have to face the RM300 maximum fine, and no discount will be given, Noor Rashid told a press conference in Terengganu yesterday. He added that private vehicles using the emergency lane was an offence as it would hinder teams reacting to emergency cases, and that such activity has to be stopped.

In the May 22 incident, a motorcyclist hit a car parked on the emergency lane at KM228 (southbound) of the North-South Expressway at 4.30pm. 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.

Remember, fight the temptation to use it in a jam as the emergency lane is only for emergencies.