PLUS SmartLane

  • Biker knocks side mirror of PLUS Smartlane user in Rawang – police urging both parties to make report

    Biker knocks side mirror of PLUS Smartlane user in Rawang – police urging both parties to make report

    Here’s another incident where a car on the PLUS Smartlane – where emergency lanes on certain stretches of the highway can be legally used to ease congestion – angered a motorcyclist. Bikers must feel like they ‘own’ the emergency lane, not knowing that the lanes are fair game. By the way, Smartlane is not new for CNY 2024, and it has been used for some time now to ease rush hour traffic on the NKVE.

    We’ve already seen one angry biker stopping his tourer and confronting a Smartlane user; now here’s another incident on the PLUS at KM 437.2 near Rawang. According to the car’s dashcam timestamp, it happened on February 10. It is said that an approaching motorcycle knocked the side mirror of the car, and as we can see from the video, the rider sped off.

    According to Gombak district police, this case is being investigated under Rule 10 LN 166/59 and both parties involved are being urged to make a police report. The public and those who have information can contact officer Mazlan Bin Mohd Arifin at 012-4551413 or IPD Gombak at 03-61262222.

    The cops say that the motorcycle type and number plate cannot be ascertained, but from the video above, it looks like DEV 9620. This got me wondering: why are motorcycles exempt from highway toll? If the idea is to not burden the working class, good, but surely you’ve got to be T20 to own some of these big bikes, which take up the space of a car and are often found going faster than most cars? And we’re not even talking about the convoys.

    Here’s the full list of Smartlane stretches for CNY 2024.

     
     
  • Biker blocks car using Smart Lane on toll highway

    Biker blocks car using Smart Lane on toll highway

    With the 2024 Lunar New Year balik kampung exodus in full swing, the Smart Lane system is in effect on certain stretches of Malaysia’s toll highways. Done to alleviate traffic congestion on the highway especially during the pre- and post holiday travel period, the Smart Lane implementation during specific times and dates seems to have escaped one motorcyclist.

    In a video shared by user anthraxxx781 on social media, a biker is seen stopping his motorcycle on the emergency lane, blocking the path of a car. This is not a one-time occurrence as it has happened in the past.

    The rider then gets off his bike and confronts the driver, presumably to tell the driver off for using the emergency lane which is not allowed during normal days.

    However, in several public announcements, vehicles on the toll highways are allowed to use the emergency lane during specific times and dates. This was reported in a paultan.org article, here.

    Just to recap, the SMART Lane goes in effect beginning February 8, and lasts till February 18, with other dates applicable for certain stretches of highway. The full list is as follows:

    • from Bukit Tambun to Juru Toll Plaza – KM150.9 to KM150.5 (northbound)
    • Bandar Cassia to Sg Bakap layby – KM155.3 to KM156.0 (southbound)
    • Gua Tempurung to Gopeng KM306.7 to KM297.0 (northbound)
    • Slim River to Sungkai KM367.3 to KM354.0 (northbound)
    • Sungkai – KM354.0 to KM356.0 (southbound)
    • Rawang R&R to Sg Buaya – KM439.5 to KM435.5 (northbound)
    • Exit of Petron NKVE to Subang – KM11.2 to KM13.3 (northbound)
    • Nilai to Seremban R&R – KM280.0 to KM286.0 (southbound)
    • USJ overhead bridge to Seafield – KM6.1 to KM8.1 (northbound)
    • Port Dickson to Seremban – KM260.0 to KM263.1 (northbound)
    • Air Keroh to Jasin layby KM194.5 to KM 184.0 (southbound)
    • Kulai to Senai – KM27.0 to KM19.0 (southbound)
    • Senai to Kulai – KM19.0 to KM27.0 (northbound)
    • Dato Onn to Pasir Gudang – KM4.5 to KM1.9 (southbound)
     
     
  • PLUS activates 14 SmartLane locations along North-South Expressway until February 18 for CNY 2024

    PLUS activates 14 SmartLane locations along North-South Expressway until February 18 for CNY 2024

    PLUS Malaysia has announced that it will be activating 14 SmartLane locations along the North-South Expressway (NSE) from varying dates until February 18, in conjunction with the Chinese New Year celebrations this year.

    These locations are:

    • from Bukit Tambun to Juru Toll Plaza – KM150.9 to KM150.5 (northbound)
    • Bandar Cassia to Sg Bakap layby – KM155.3 to KM156.0 (southbound)
    • Gua Tempurung to Gopeng KM306.7 to KM297.0 (northbound)
    • Slim River to Sungkai KM367.3 to KM354.0 (northbound)
    • Sungkai – KM354.0 to KM356.0 (southbound)
    • Rawang R&R to Sg Buaya – KM439.5 to KM435.5 (northbound)
    • Exit of Petron NKVE to Subang – KM11.2 to KM13.3 (northbound)
    • Nilai to Seremban R&R – KM280.0 to KM286.0 (southbound)
    • USJ overhead bridge to Seafield – KM6.1 to KM8.1 (northbound)
    • Port Dickson to Seremban – KM260.0 to KM263.1 (northbound)
    • Air Keroh to Jasin layby KM194.5 to KM 184.0 (southbound)
    • Kulai to Senai – KM27.0 to KM19.0 (southbound)
    • Senai to Kulai – KM19.0 to KM27.0 (northbound)
    • Dato Onn to Pasir Gudang – KM4.5 to KM1.9 (southbound)

    Full table of the 14 SmartLane locations with SmartLane lengths, dates and times detailed below:

    PLUS activates 14 SmartLane locations along North-South Expressway until February 18 for CNY 2024

    PLUS activates 14 SmartLane locations along North-South Expressway until February 18 for CNY 2024

    PLUS activates 14 SmartLane locations along North-South Expressway until February 18 for CNY 2024

    PLUS activates 14 SmartLane locations along North-South Expressway until February 18 for CNY 2024

     
     
  • NKVE Smartlane activation – northbound Shah Alam to Subang Jaya, KM11.2 to KM13.3; Monday to Friday

    NKVE Smartlane activation – northbound Shah Alam to Subang Jaya, KM11.2 to KM13.3; Monday to Friday

    Effective today, PLUS Malaysia has activated the Smartlane passage on the NKVE from Shah Alam to Subang Jaya in the northbound direction, from KM11.2 to KM13.3, the company has stated in an announcement.

    The activation of the Smartlane is during peak hours of traffic, which is from 6:30am to 9:30am Mondays to Fridays, except public holidays. This is an initiative by PLUS Malaysia with the cooperation of the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) and the Malaysian Highway Authority (LLM) to increase the capacity of the existing highway lanes on that stretch, in order to improve traffic flow, according to the highway operator.

    PLUS Malaysia advises highway users to obey traffic signage when passing through this location, and to be consistent in lane positioning and avoid frequently changing lanes. Highway users are also advised to obey the posted speed limits, as well as to plan lane change manoeuvres carefully when approaching the end of the Smartlane.

    Smartlane operation has been trialled by PLUS Malaysia on the NKVE before, with the stretch from Setia Alam to Shah Alam from KM 3.2 to KM 9.2 northbound trialled for the function in January 2022, also from 6:30am to 9:30am, Mondays to Fridays except public holidays.

    Smartlane trials had originally started in 2019, however the nationwide movement control order (MCO) due to the pandemic and the resulting light traffic meant there was no need for the function.

     
     
  • PLUS activates Smartlane from Senai Utara to Kulai till Sept 2 – emergency lane can be used in 8km stretch

    PLUS activates Smartlane from Senai Utara to Kulai till Sept 2 – emergency lane can be used in 8km stretch

    North South Highway users who ply the southern region, take note. PLUS has announced the activation of a Smartlane to smoothen traffic flow and ease congestion during peak hours. The stretch in question is from the Senai Utara interchange to the Kulai interchange in Johor.

    It’s a northbound stretch from KM19 to KM27, and the Smartlane will be in service from 8am toll 6pm till tomorrow, September 2. The NSE concessionaire says that the Smartlane will be implemented based on current traffic conditions, with the co-operation and monitoring of PDRM and JPJ.

    The authorities are also reminding PLUS users that the emergency lanes are not open to normal traffic after the Kulai multi-tier interchange. Come back in when the Smartlane ends.

    If you’re not aware of what a Smartlane is, basically, it opens up the emergency lane to normal traffic, increasing capacity to ease congestion. The highway operator and PDRM/JPJ are on the same page, so no one will be penalised for doing what’s normally illegal. Drive safe and follow the signs and personnel at the location.

     
     
  • PLUS SmartLane activated for Hari Raya Aidiladha – use of emergency lanes to ease traffic at five stretches

    PLUS SmartLane activated for Hari Raya Aidiladha – use of emergency lanes to ease traffic at five stretches

    PLUS has announced that it will activate its SmartLane at five critical locations along its expressways to ease the expected traffic congestion during the upcoming Hari Raya Aidiladha festive period. The highway concessionaire anticipates approximately that two million vehicles will be on PLUS highways during Aidiladha, especially today, June 28 and Saturday, July 1, which is 12% increase from the usual 1.7 million vehicles per day on regular days.

    The Smartlane, which is a temporary opening of the emergency lane at selected critical stretches to increase lane capacity, will be activated at selected stretches. The first is between Port Dickson interchange to the Seremban interchange northbound, between KM260.0 to KM263.1.

    The second will be at Senai Utara interchange to Kulai interchange between KM19.0 to KM27.0 northbound. Apart from these two locations, the SmartLane will also be activated at the Gua Tempurung to Gopeng northbound stretch between KM306.7 and KM297.0, Slim River to Sungkai northbound between KM367.3 and KM354.1 and Rawang RSA to Sungai Buaya, again northbound, between KM439.9 and KM435.5.

    “At these SmartLane locations, highway users will be allowed to temporarily enter and drive on the emergency lane before being directed back to the main lanes to continue their journey. However, users are strictly prohibited from driving on the emergency lanes at other locations where the SmartLane is not activated,” PLUS operations senior general manager Mohd Yusuf Abdul Aziz said via a statement.

    The concessionaire advised highway users to ensure that they use the same payment mode when entering and exiting the highway to avoid inconvenience at the toll plazas.

     
     
  • PLUS SmartLane activation – use of emergency lanes on certain highway stretches to continue until May 1

    PLUS SmartLane activation – use of emergency lanes on certain highway stretches to continue until May 1

    In anticipation of another wave of high traffic volume on its highways between April 29 and May 1 in conjunction with the end of the school holidays and the Labour Day holiday, PLUS has announced the continued activation of its SmartLane at various locations.

    The SmartLane, which is a temporary opening of the emergency lane at selected critical stretches to increase lane capacity, has been active throughout the Raya festive period at two stretches, the first being from Port Dickson interchange to the Seremban interchange northbound, between KM260.0 and KM263.1.

    The second stretch is from the Senai Utara interchange to the Kulai interchange, northbound, from KM19.0 to KM27.0. Both SmartLane locations – which were also deployed during CNY – will remain active until May 1.

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    Apart from these two locations, PLUS has also identified other locations for SmartLane activation, and these are at the Gua Tempurung to Gopeng northbound stretch between KM306.7 and KM297.0, Slim River to Sungkai northbound between KM367.3 and KM354.1 and Rawang to Sungai Buaya, again northbound, between KM439.9 and KM435.5.

    However, PLUS COO Datuk Zakaria Ahmad Zabidi said that the SmartLane activation at these locations is subject to traffic conditions, and can only be implemented upon obtaining approval by the police.

    At SmartLane locations, highway users will be allowed to temporarily enter and utilise the emergency lane at selected areas and will be redirected back to the normal lanes to continue their journey. The SmartLane locations can be identified through special SmartLane signages as well as the presence of traffic controllers stationed at the designated locations.

     
     
  • PLUS activates SmartLane for CNY – emergency lane open from Senai to Kulai, PD to Seremban stretches

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    PLUS has activated the SmartLane on two stretches of the North South Highway with the cooperation of the PDRM and LLM. This is to smoothen the flow at critical locations of the E2, now that traffic is high due to the Chinese New Year holidays.

    By the way, SmartLane opens up the emergency lane to increase the lane capacity at congested stretches. At these designated stretches, it is legal to use the emergency lane – the police are a part of this initiative.

    The first SmartLane stretch is between the Port Dickson Utara interchange to the Seremban interchange, northbound, from KM260.0 to KM263.1. This 3.1 km stretch was open from January 23-24 and will be open again on January 29, which is this Sunday, when those having an extended CNY break will be coming back to the Klang Valley.

    The second stretch is from the Senai Utara interchange to the Kulai interchange, northbound, from KM19.0 to KM27.0. This 8 km SmartLane stretch will be open from January 19-29.

    SmartLane use will depend on current traffic situations. Follow the the road signs and personnel on the ground when in the areas. Drive safe and be patient when faced with jams, and stop for a break if you’re feeling sleepy behind the wheel.

     
     
  • PLUS to activate SmartLane for Deepavali holidays – emergency lane open in Johor, PD-Seremban stretch

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    PLUS has announced the activation of SmartLane on certain stretches of the North-South Highway for the Deepavali long weekend holiday, in cooperation with PDRM. SmartLane opens up the emergency lane to increase the lane capacity and help smoothen flow and disperse traffic at congested stretches.

    The two areas on the PLUS that will have SmartLane are in Johor and Negeri Sembilan. For Johor, it’s between the Senai Utara interchange to the Kulai interchange, northbound from KM19.0 to KM27.0. SmartLane will be open on October 21-22, from 10am to 6pm.

    The second stretch in the south is from Port Dickson Utara to Seremban, northbound from KM260 to KM263.1. SmartLane will be open on October 22-24, from 12 noon to 10pm.

    Separately, PLUS also announced SmartLane in Penang/Kedah in the north. It will be activated for northbound traffic from Bukit Tambun (KM150) towards Juru toll plaza (KM146.2) from 3pm to 6pm on October 21. For southbound traffic on October 26, emergency lanes will be open from Sungai Petani Selatan (KM107.6) towards Tikam Batu lay-by (KM113) from 2pm till 6pm.

    Please follow the road signs and personnel on the ground when in the areas. Drive safe and be patient when faced with jams – PLUS is expecting over 1.9 million cars per day on the highway during over the long Deepavali weekend and extended school holiday.

     
     
  • PLUS expects over 1.9m vehicles daily over Deepavali weekend – SmartLane on, no road works, TTA issued

    PLUS expects over 1.9m vehicles daily over Deepavali weekend – SmartLane on, no road works, TTA issued

    PLUS is anticipating over 1.9 million vehicles per day on its highways over the long Deepavali weekend and extended school holiday, which is from this weekend till Wednesday, October 26. That’s 200,000 more than the typical 1.7 million vehicles on normal working days.

    The North-South Highway operator has released a travel time advisory to distribute traffic. The TTA recommends those from the Klang Valley heading to Perlis, Kedah/Penang, North Perak and Johor to enter the highway before 10am. If you’re travelling back to the Klang Valley from these states from October 24-26, enter the highway before 9am.

    To facilitate a smoother journey, PLUS, with support from the Malaysian Highway Authority (LLM) and the police, will activate a SmartLane at the Bukit Tambun-Juru toll plaza and Sungai Petani Selatan-Tikam Batu lay-by to reduce congestion. Stop work orders have been issued to ensure that lane capacity will not be compromised during this busy period.

    PLUS expects over 1.9m vehicles daily over Deepavali weekend – SmartLane on, no road works, TTA issued

    Specifically, the SmartLane will use the emergency lanes for northbound traffic from Bukit Tambun (KM150) towards Juru toll plaza (KM146.2) from 3pm to 6pm on October 21. For southbound traffic on October 26, emergency lanes will be open from Sungai Petani Selatan (KM107.6) towards Tikam Batu lay-by (KM113) from 2pm till 6pm.

    PLUS will also ensure that no lane closures for highway maintenance or upgrading works will be carried out between October 21-25. However, lane closures will need to be temporarily activated to make way for immediate accident clearance and cleaning works as well as for emergencies or critical maintenance.

    “Throughout this Deepavali festive period, a total of 512 PLUSRonda personnel, an 8% increase from the normal working day, will be on ground to assist highway customers, in case of any eventualities,” said PLUS COO Datuk Zakaria Ahmad Zabidi, who added that the operator is cognizant of the need to maximise highway lane capacity for smoother traffic flow at critical locations.

    Remember to ensure that your car is in good condition before you travel, and that you have sufficient balance in your Touch n Go card for toll payment. Drive safe.

     
     
  • Motorcyclist blocks a Proton Saga driving on NKVE emergency lane – driver was just using the Smartlane

    Motorcyclist blocks a Proton Saga driving on NKVE emergency lane – driver was just using the Smartlane

    Emergency lane abuse is a big no-no and can get you in trouble with the authorities. In some cases, there are even motorists that attempt to enact their own “justice” on culprits by purposely positioning their vehicle in a manner that blocks and prevents emergency lane abusers from gaining an advantage.

    Such an incident was recently caught in a viral video posted on social media, which showed a motorcyclist blocking a Proton Saga driving on the emergency lane. Before you applaud the motorcyclist’s actions for “dishing out punishment,” you should know that the Saga driver has done nothing wrong.

    Why? Well, the Saga driver is using the Smartlane that is currently put in place on the NKVE from Setia Alam to Shah Alam, a stretch that is notorious for bad rush hour traffic. To be more specific, the Smartlane is active from KM 3.2 to KM 9.2 northbound, from 6.30 to 9.30am on weekday mornings except public holidays – drivers must not exceed 60 km/h.

    Motorcyclist blocks a Proton Saga driving on NKVE emergency lane – driver was just using the Smartlane

    Based on the timestamp on the video, the incident took place on May 18, 2022, a Wednesday, at around 9.14am. As such, the Saga driver had every right to use the Smartlane, which PLUS Malaysia obtained permission from the Malaysian Highway Authority (LLM) to set up way back in January this year.

    So, if you find yourself on this particular stretch of the NKVE and spot someone abusing the emergency lane, check the date and time before attempting to make that person famous on the internet for the wrong reasons.

     
     
  • Hari Raya 2022: Emergency lane to be used as “Smartlane” – 3.1km between PD Utara-Seremban

    Hari Raya 2022: Emergency lane to be used as “Smartlane” – 3.1km between PD Utara-Seremban

    PLUS has announced that a 3.1 km stretch of emergency lane between KM 260 and KM 263.1 north-bound on the PLUS highway will be used as an additional “Smartlane” in order to provide additional capacity on the highway to smoothen traffic flow during peak hours.

    The “Smartlane” will function this weekend but note that PLUS did not give any specific time that the “Smartlane” will be activated, just that it will be based on the current traffic situation. If you wish to exit at the Seremban toll plaza, you can use the “Smartlane”.

    Remember not to abuse the emergency lane at other sections of the highway that’s not activated as a “Smartlane”. Don’t cut the queue like the Proton X70 in the video above – you’re not special!

    As always, remember that you need to exit the highway using the same payment method that you entered with. If you enter using RFID, exit using RFID. The same applies to TnG/SmartTAG.

     
     
  • Smartlane at NKVE – emergency lane opened up during peak hours, Setia Alam to Shah Alam, 60 km/h

    Smartlane at NKVE – emergency lane opened up during peak hours, Setia Alam to Shah Alam, 60 km/h

    Before you get on your high horse and try to viral cars using the emergency lane on the NKVE, make sure exactly where on the highway did it happen. Because it may be legal, and here’s why.

    PLUS, operator of the NKVE, has received permission from the Malaysian Highway Authority (LLM), in partnership with the police, to test out the effectiveness of a “Smartlane”, which aims to ease congestion during peak hours. Basically, the so-called Smartlane is the emergency lane opened up to traffic.

    The Smartlane trial is on the NKVE from Setia Alam to Shah Alam, a stretch that is notorious for bad rush hour traffic. Specifically, it’s from KM 3.2 to KM 9.2 northbound, and the window is from 6.30 to 9.30 am on weekday mornings except public holidays. The speed limit is 60 km/h. The trial will be in place till January 23.

    PDRM’s traffic investigation and enforcement department (JSPT) explains that the Smartlane trial actually started in October 2019, but was delayed to March 2020. Since then, traffic has been light due to the nationwide movement control order (MCO) and there was no need for an extra lane. Until now, as the school session has started and traffic is heavy again.

    JSPT came out to explain the Smartlane because there was a viral video from earlier this week showing cars using the emergency lane at the said stretch. “Signs with Smartlane info have been erected on that stretch so that there will not be misunderstanding among highway users,” JSPT said, adding that it hopes that motorists will be more attentive to road signs and make sure of the facts before uploading content to social media.

     
     
 
 
 

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