In response to growing concerns over the misuse of emergency lanes by motorists during heavy rainfall, authorities have issued a stern warning against illegal parking or stopping in these lanes. The directive was conveyed by the highway operator, Prolintas, via their official Twitter account.
With heavy rainfalls being a common occurrence in Malaysia, the message is clear: emergency lanes are designated for critical situations and emergency vehicles only. Parking or stopping in these lanes for any reason other than emergencies is not only illegal but also poses serious risks to other road users.
Prolintas, in their tweet, underscored the severity of the matter by highlighting the potential consequences for those found guilty of such actions. Offenders could face a hefty maximum fine of RM2,000 or even a prison sentence of up to 6 months.
The primary purpose of emergency lanes on highways is to ensure a clear and unobstructed pathway for emergency vehicles during critical situations such as accidents or medical emergencies. However, there have been instances where drivers have been using these lanes as a means to escape traffic congestion or for non-emergency reasons.
Authorities are now urging Malaysians to understand the vital role emergency lanes play in ensuring the safety of all road users during emergencies. Misuse of these lanes not only hampers the efficiency of emergency response teams but also endangers the lives of those in need of immediate assistance.