Remember the emergency lane fiasco some two years ago? Well, the issue is being raised once again by Transport Minister Anthony Loke. According to a Bernama report, a stricter monitoring process will be carried out along the North South Expressway (PLUS highway) during this Hari Raya Aidilfitri period to identify errant motorists, especially those who abuse the emergency lane.

To facilitate this process, PLUS Malaysia had installed approximately 150 closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras at every 10 km interval along the PLUS highway. “PLUS will monitor all the CCTVs through its control centre and it will zoom in on motorists abusing the emergency lane to get information on the vehicles, and then report the matter to the Road Transport Department (JPJ) which will issue the summons,” Loke told the media at a press conference yesterday.

He said when Ops Bersepadu was conducted in conjunction with Hari Raya Aidilfitri last year, a total of 83 summonses had been issued to motorists for abusing the emergency lane. Just like before, Loke urged the public with information on abusers of the emergency lane, such as having a video recording, to lodge a report with JPJ for further action to be taken.

As before, the summonses will be issued under Rule 53 of the Road Traffic Rules 1959 – each summon carries a maximum fine of RM2,000 or jail time not less than a year. For those who will be riding their motorcycles on the highway for the balik kampung journey, read this.

For the rest of you who are about the make the long trip home, we at wish you a pleasant and safe journey. Remember, obey traffic rules and keep you and your loved ones safe. Selamat Hari Raya, folks!