Malaysia has lifted the ban on interstate travel since 11 October and we have recorded a significant increase in traffic volume over the week.
According to Harian Metro, the Federal Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Department Deputy Director, Datuk Mohd Nadzri Hussain said that they have recorded 3.8 million vehicles on major highways and expressways nationwide since 11 October.
There were 1,075,408 vehicles along the North-South Expressway, followed by 97,758 vehicles on the Kuala Lumpur-Karak Highway and 34,041 vehicles along the East Coast Expressway (LPT1) on the same day.
“The traffic survey at the seven main toll plazas on the day also found that there was a significant increase in the number of vehicles compared to last Wednesday.”
“The traffic at Gombak Toll Plaza showed the most increase in vehicles with an 108% increase from 27,204 to 57,719 vehicles on Wednesday compared to the same day the previous week.” he said.
Mohd Nadzri also said the traffic at Jalan Duta Toll Plaza showed an increase of 27%, which is 54,733 vehicles on Wednesday compared to 43,138 vehicles on 6 October.
“The Sungai Besi Toll Plaza registered similar trends where traffic increased by 30% to 35,881 vehicles on Wednesday compared to 27,501 vehicles last week.”
“A total 18,336 vehicles were recorded at the Skudai Toll Plaza, which is an increase of 13% compared to 16,213 vehicles the previous week.” he said.
Mohd Nadzri added that traffic at Bentong Toll saw an increase of 52% from 26,415 vehicles last week to 49,039 vehicles on Wednesday.
As for the Karak Toll Plaza, there was a 31% increase from 7,278 vehicles last week to 9,561 vehicles on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, he said the Malaysian Highway Authority together with highway concessionaires are not only monitoring traffic volume but are also monitoring the SOP compliance among motorists who used facilities available at the highways and expressways.
“The department is also working closely with highway concessionaires and enforcement will continue to ensure road users comply with the SOPs.” he said.