Improvements are set to be made to the motorcycle lanes along the Federal Highway, which many bikers have lamented are not safe to ride, especially in the tunnels at night or in bad weather. The Works Ministry has allocated RM3.13 million to upgrade these lanes, with rectification work to begin soon, Bernama reports.

Works minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof, who made the announcement yesterday, said that the immediate tasks to be carried out this year was to light up dark spots along the lanes and to increase the number of pump houses in sections that were frequently flooded.

“We will increase lighting, paint the tunnel walls with bright colours, paint lane lines, widen the path, increase the number of signboards and improve the entry and exit of the motorcycle lanes,” he told reporters after inspecting the highway’s motorcycle lanes.

He added that the ministry was awaiting approval to build overhead ramps and increase the number of water pumps at the stretch along Jalan 222 in Petaling Jaya, which was frequently flooded.

Fadillah, accompanied by Public Works Department (JKR) officers, rode a motorcycle along the entire length of the Federal Highway to take a closer look at the problems faced by motorcyclists, taking a route beginning from the Universiti LRT station to the Batu Tiga toll plaza.

In June, paultan.org had highlighted the shortcomings of the motorcycle lanes along the highway via a video taken while traversing the route. Many shortcomings were exposed, and the perils of using the lane were brought to light in our 11 minute-long clip.