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A stern warning has been issued by the police that all motorcyclists, regardless of the size of the bike they are riding, must use the dedicated motorcycle lane along the Federal highway. This was said by Bukit Aman Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Department director SAC Maha­mad Akhir Darus, who added that motorcyclists who flouted the law by riding on the highway proper faced an RM300 fine.

As reported by The Star, SAC Mahamad Akhir said “traffic on the Federal highway is heavy during peak hours while vehicles tend to speed during off-peak hours. By using the dedicated lanes instead of the main carriageway, accidents involving motorcycles can be prevented.” He said that with heavy traffic conditions, motorcyclists weaving in and out of traffic made things worse.

Emphasising that no exemption was given to riders of larger capacity motorcycles from using the motorcycle lanes, SAC Mahamad Akhir said, “That is a lame, unacceptable excuse. There is no discrimination when it comes to safety. No motorcyclist has an exclusive right over others. The engineers have done their research and designed the lanes to accommodate all types of motorcycles.”

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According to SAC Mahamad Akhir, the issue was not with the width of the lanes being unable to accommodate bigger bikes, but because bikers could not speed in the lanes. He also said that while patrols were conducted daily on the Federal Highway, it was not possible to have constant enforcement, However, mobile cameras would be used to nab offenders.

This is despite bikers claiming that the motorcycle lanes along the Federal Highway were unsafe to use, with many riders saying the lanes, specifically the tunnels, were unlit, and prone to flooding. Others have said the width of the lane is insufficient to allow for safe passing, and the entry and exits of the lane is unsafe, with many collisions occurring.

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It has been reported that maintenance of the motorcycles lanes is poor, with the road surface badly-tarred and pot-holed, causing riders to fall, especially at night. In addition to this, the design of the lane is said to be dangerous to negotiate, especially with many blind bends and sharp corners leading to accidents.

What do you think? Have you ridden the motorcycle lane on the Federal Highway? Is it more dangerous to use the lane or the highway itself? Leave us a comment with your thoughts and opinions.