Don’t park at emergency lanes, lorry drivers told

Posted: 19 January, 2009 in Babbles & Rants

This news item from The Star Online caught my attention. The headline reads;

Don’t park at emergency lanes, lorry drivers told

I feel something not right here. What’s the use of the emergency lane. I interpret energency lane as the lane by the shoulder of the road which can be used by vehicles to stop in case of an emergency. Or did I get things all wrong.

Why should drivers, lorries or passenger vehicles alike, carry on driving inspite of having mechanical problems with their vehicle. If I had a flat tyre, I’d definitely find the nearest and safest ways to park my car by the side of the road, to get the tyre changed or get help from a “PLUSRonda” truck.

The reason given, ” …  to avert getting rammed from behind.” , might seemed valid initially, but why would other vehicle be driving on the emergency lane to start with. If everyone follow tules and regulations, and nobody drives on the emergency lane, I doubt there would be any “ramming lorry butt cases”.

At the risk of sounding mean and heartless … the drivers who rammed other vehicles on an emergency are the ones at fault. If their recklessness took a life, I’d consider that murder. A person died after being hit by another vehicle in the emergency lane, doesn’t deserve to die. Make the killer be responsible for the family, the person, the life he took.

Life is unfair, I know, but we always have a chioce.


from TheStar Online:

Monday January 19, 2009

Don’t park at emergency lanes, lorry drivers told

KUALA LUMPUR: Lorry drivers should not park their vehicles along emergency lanes, even in the event of a breakdown, to avert getting rammed from behind.

Road Safety Department director-general Datuk Suret Singh’s advice is to find a way to bring the vehicle to the nearest rest stop area.

He said the department had asked lorry associations to come up with a circular advising lorry drivers against parking along emergency lanes.

Earlier, Suret Singh gave out coffee sachets to road users and crash helmets to motorcyclists at the Sungai Besi toll plaza.

Some 10,000 sachets and 50 helmets were distributed. The sachets and helmets were sponsored by CNI Holdings in the “One Million Up Cafe” giveaway campaign in conjunction with the company’s 20th anniversary celebrations.

On the proposal to ban express buses from roads after midnight, Suret Singh said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat would make the announcement in due time.

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