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Saturday, 13 January 2018 | MYT 12:00 AM

Huh? Drive right on a two-way road?

THE stakeholders along Lorong Utara B want Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) to restore the traffic direction for right-hand drive cars.

The local council had switched the traffic direction on this two-way street to the system meant for left-hand drive cars.

Section 52 Lorong Utara Residents Association (S52LURA) Terence Siew said the new traffic system was confusing and put drivers and other road users at risk.

“Who would be held responsible if there was an accident because of this change in the traffic system?

“We hope the council will revert this road back to the original as per the Malaysian road traffic system, to avoid confusing drivers and causing accidents,” he said after a visit to the site by representatives from S52LURA, Istara Condominium, Gurdwara Sahib Petaling Jaya, Section 14 residents and MBPJ on Wednesday.

Gurdwara Sahib Petaling Jaya president Gordip Singh said he agreed with the suggestion to reinstate the original traffic direction on this street.

The new road markings by MBPJ indicating traffic direction for left-hand drive vehicles surprised and confused the public.
The new road markings by MBPJ indicating traffic direction for left-hand drive vehicles surprised and confused the public.

“Malaysians drive on the left side of the road and this new system causes confusion. We hope the council will consider our views and make the necessary changes,” he said.

He also urged the local council to place road barriers to prevent motorists from parking at the entrance to Lorong Utara B, near Tun Hussein Onn National Eye Hospital.

Istara Condominium management corporation chairman Francis Hartmans said the residents were caught off-guard by the new system which was not according to the Malaysian driving system.

“During the year-end break, the Astaka parking lot was upgraded. After the upgrading works were done, we noticed that Lorong Utara B had new signs and road markings that were not in accordance with Malaysian driving regulations.

“We are afraid that the new system with the reversed traffic directions will confuse the public, especially those who do not come here often.

“Since the newly introduced changes, we are in constant fear of an accident occurring at the entrance and exit of Lorong Utara B,” he added.

Resident K. Paul called for the council to beef up enforcement to stop motorists from parking along Lorong Utara B.

He said vehicles were parked along Jalan Utara and along Lorong Utara B, especially on weekends, making it difficult for residents to exit their condominium grounds.

“There are many free parking spots at Astaka and the council had upgraded the bays.

“The public should park there instead of along the main roads,” he said.

A council spokesman urged the relevant parties to write to MBPJ and put forward their suggestion to revert the traffic direction on the affected road.

He said the residents could send in a joint letter on the matter.