As Chinese New Year approaches this weekend, Chinese families in Malaysia will be making their final preparations to welcome the celebratory season. Asides from grocery shopping, reunion dinner reservations and personal grooming visits, this will also mean gearing up to return back to their hometowns. If you are among those who will be taking the wheel, then you’re definitely going to want to keep these updates in mind!
Speed limits on federal & state roads reduced by 10kph for CNY
As reported by local newspaper The Star, the Works Ministry has announced that the speed limit on both federal as well as state roads will be reduced by 10kph (kilometres-per-hour) between January 18th to January 27th, in conjunction with the Chinese New Year period. Quoting Works Minister Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi, this will mean that the speed limit on federal roads will be brought down to 80kph, and 70kph on state roads.
“There will also be temporary changes to the current speed limit signs to reflect this reduction,” he told members of the press during a joint launching of the road safety campaign for Chinese New Year alongside Transport Minister Anthony Loke yesterday (January 17th, 2023).
Beyond this, as many as 2,000 Road Transport Department (JPJ) personnel will be deployed on duty during the Chinese New Year period as a preventative measure. He adds that some personnel have been instructed to discreetly travel on express buses to ensure that operators comply with the law. Between January 14th to January 17th, buses from 77 depots in 28 different terminals nationwide have been inspected by JPJ to ensure road-worthiness.
Toll exemptions between January 20th to 21st
In related news, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has also announced that Malaysians will be able to enjoy toll exemptions on January 20th and 21st, ahead of the festive season. The exemption will apply to all classes of vehicles and involve a government allocation of RM40 million, reports The Sun Daily.
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