All company operators or drivers of goods vehicles involving heavy vehicles with laden weight (BDM) exceeding 7,500 kilogrammes are prohibited from entering the main roads in the city centre, says the Road Transport Department (JPJ).
The restriction will start from 6.30 am until 9.30 am and 4.30 pm until 7.30 pm daily, including weekends and public holiday.
This came after JPJ’s observation that showed the entry of heavy vehicles into the city during peak hours had contributed to the traffic congestion and eventually affected the smooth traffic flow in the Klang Valley.
“Roads that are gazetted with travel restrictions of at least 5 kilometres from the city centre, starting from the entrance to the city centre will be marked by placing a special signboard with the time stamp prohibiting heavy vehicles from entering the city centre,” said JPJ in a statement on Friday (3 June).
Among the roads gazetted with restrictions in the mornings and evenings for goods vehicles included all roads in,
- Kuala Lumpur city centre,
- Jalan Kuching from Taman Wahyu in Jalan Ipoh to the city centre,
- Jalan Genting Klang from TAR College until the city centre, and
- Jalan Cheras from Taman Midah to the city centre
Meanwhile, roads gazetted with time restrictions in the evenings included,
- Jalan Kepong,
- Jalan Ipoh from Bulatan Kepong until Jalan Batu Caves,
- Karak Highway,
- Jalan Gombak from Jalan Kampung Bandar Dalam until the Kuala Lumpur border,
- Jalan Genting Klang and Jalan Cheras beginning from Jalan Pudu until Jalan Tenteram
The department explained that the ban on goods vehicles entering the main roads in the federal capital has been enforced for a long time.
However, heavy vehicle drivers have disregarded this rule since the country enters the transition to the endemic phase, causing a visible increase in the number of vehicles on the road.
JPJ added that those who are caught violating this rule can be compounded not more than RM300 or charged in court where the fine imposed will not be less than RM300 and not exceeding RM2,000.