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“Throw the Book at Wandering Motorists”

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ENFORCE the law fairly, Kuala Lumpur residents say to the Federal Lands Ministry’s Traffic Task Force which monitors and studies traffic to ease congestion in the city.

Most people interviewed by StarMetro said the app was needed to punish those who break traffic rules.

“If they strengthen law enforcement and punish those responsible without fear or favor, they can solve the problem of traffic jams,” said Anthony Tan of Razak Mansion in Sungai Besi, Kuala Lumpur.

“Authorities need to hit errant motorists where it will hurt them the most, their pockets.

“Nothing scares a person more than a tow truck and uniformed law enforcement officers,” he added.

Deputy Federal Lands Minister Datuk Seri Jalaluddin Alias, who chairs the task force, had said the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) and the police would work to disperse traffic on the city’s main roads during the rush hours.

Police forces would be mobilized at 85 traffic hotspots to regulate traffic in the morning and evening.

Jalaluddin proposed six ways to tackle long-term congestion, including expanding public transport, enforcing bus-only lanes and building more pedestrian-friendly infrastructure such as underpasses and underground tunnels.

CH Yap, who resides in Jalan Kuchai Lama, said DBKL should strengthen law enforcement in commercial areas and schools.

He said it would deter motorists from breaking the rules.

“I’ve seen how people suddenly become responsible and courteous drivers when the police or police officers are present,” he added.

Brickfields chairman Rukun Tetangga, SKK Naidu, said the decision to use the city’s 5,000 CCTV cameras to enforce traffic violations was a step in the right direction.

“I saw this system work on a trip to Beijing, China.

“We were on a bus and the driver asked us to get off.

“He told us people there were more afraid of the cameras than the police,” said Naidu, who recommended the task force consider implementing a two-hour parking limit at hotspots. .

“The roadside parking in Brickfields is being taken over by people working in the area.

“Motorists don’t want to park in private parking spaces in commercial buildings because the fees are higher,” he added.

Long-time Brickfields resident Dr Christopher Nicholas said that since international borders reopened on April 1, congestion in Kuala Lumpur appeared to have gone from bad to worse.

“If traffic jams were common during peak hours, now there appear to be traffic jams even off peak hours and the task force needs to find out why,” he said.

Sham K, a resident of Bangsar, said the increase in the number of cars on the road may be due to the rising cost of the phone call.

“Fares have tripled and people who used to opt for ehailing for certain journeys are now driving themselves,” she noted.

A resident of Happy Garden in Jalan Kelang Lama, who did not wish to be named, said knowledgeable people should be part of the task force.

“They should include urban transport experts as well as traffic consultants and planners.

“Otherwise, we’re not going to solve this traffic problem,” he said.