Members of a local car club will soon be called by the police to have their statements recorded after pictures of them stopping at the emergency lane went viral on social media.
According to Bernama, the incident was reported to have happened on the Temiang-Pantai Highway.
Nilai District Police Chief Superintendent Mohd Fazley Ab Rahman said the police are taking action after they detected the viral post on Facebook.
The Facebook post showed a group of members from the car club ‘FCCM-FC Club Malaysia’ parking their cars on the emergency lane to take pictures on the highway at about 6.30 p.m. last Saturday (22 January).
“We will call the club chief first and we have identified about 48 cars so far. Stopping and parking a vehicle in the emergency lane without a reasonable cause is an offense as it can pose a danger to other road users.” Fazley said.
However, the post has been deleted by the Facebook page after it went viral for the wrong reasons.
Fazley said legal action can be taken against the individuals in accordance with Rule 53 (1) of the Road Traffic Regulations 1959 which states that no vehicle of any class is parked or left unattended in any emergency lane except in case of emergency.
Those who were found to have violated this rule under Section 119 of the Road Transport Act 1987 as well as a maximum fine of RM2,000 or imprisonment not exceeding 6 months.
Meanwhile, Fazley said there will be discussions between the Public Works Department and local authorities to coordinate further actions as well as proposals to provide a special place in the area for the public to take pictures and set up stalls.
“The Temiang-Pantai highway is an attractive location and is the focus of people stopping to take pictures because of the beautiful scenery at the location, but the act of taking pictures like what happened previously can be dangerous.”