Highway concessionare PLUS Malaysia says it will be submitting a proposal to the government that speed trap cameras be installed on the Penang bridge to improve safety levels on the crossing, Bernama reports. According to PLUS MD Datuk Azman Ismail, the Penang bridge does not presently have any speed trap cameras, and the plan to install them is aimed at preventing accidents.

“At present, the bridge only has closed-circuit television (CCTV) to monitor the traffic flow. Hence, we propose to have speed trap cameras installed. The proposal will be handed over to the government after we receive full report on the recent crash involving an SUV which plunged into the sea,” he said.

He said that PLUS will only install the cameras, but monitoring will be conducted by the police and the road transport department (JPJ). He added that PLUS will also review the need to reduce the speed limit and to increase the height of the barrier wall on the bridge depending on the investigation report. The current speed limit on the bridge is 80 km/h and the guardrail barrier follows the British Standard (BS 400) height of one metre.

Azman said the fatal accident rate on the bridge recorded a 54% decrease last year, with six cases reported compared to 13 cases in 2017. As for non-fatal mishaps, a total of 332 cases were recorded in 2018 compared to 345 cases the year before that. He added that the concessionaire also aims to add more speed trap cameras at several locations on the six highways it manages.

Earlier, Penang chief minister Chow Kon Yeow had called on authorities to improve the standard and specifications of the bridge guardrails on the Penang bridge and the Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah bridge (also known as the Penang second bridge) to prevent further incidents of vehicles plunging into the sea.