NIOSH: Improve conditions of motorcycle lanes

KUALA LUMPUR: The Works Ministry must improve the conditions of motorcycle lanes along major highways to make them safe and conducive for motorcyclists and their pillion riders, said the National Institute of Occu­pational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

Its chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said this was because “motorcyclists and their pillion riders make up about 70% of road fatalities in the country each year”.

“The lack of maintenance has resulted in users avoiding these motorcycle lanes in favour of highways, which increases their risk to road accidents.

“Based on the information from the motorcyclists I met, these poorly maintained lanes are not safe.

“For instance, the motorcycle lanes along the Federal Highway have dangerous corners, potholes and puddles of water, and are often flooded when it rains. The tunnels are dark, leading to users being disturbed by bad hats at certain times,” he said.

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