Works minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof has said that the government is open to the proposal to raise the national highway speed limit beyond the current 110 km/h, according to the Malay Mail.

Before any change can take place, however, an in-depth study needs to be conducted first, which would include discussions with the Road Safety Department (JKJR) and Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS). “In the context of setting the speed limit, it is not up to the Works Department alone but we work with JKJR and MIROS for their perspectives from the aspect of safety.

“We see it more from the aspect of safety, because our highways have been designed for a maximum speed limit of only 120 km/h, but some people drive up to 200 km/h and in Malaysia the road accident rate is high,” said Fadillah, adding that while several factors contribute to road accident, speed was one of the main causes of fatalities, according to statistics and studies conducted by JKJR and MIROS.

Fadillah also said that the works ministry, via the Malaysian Highway Authority (LLM), has instructed all highway concessionaire to upgrade the electronic payment transaction systems at their toll plazas, saying that this was to prevent the disruption of toll payment and avoid congestion.

He listed necessary actions such as modifying the circuit breakers of electronic payment systems so that only problematic electrical circuits would trip without affecting the systems of other lanes.