In conjunction with the upcoming Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebrations, the Ministry of Transport has announced that a four-day road ban on goods vehicles will be imposed to reduce traffic congestion and the risk of road accidents. The ban will take effect on April 20 and 21 (before Hari Raya) as well as April 24 and 25 (after Hari Raya), the ministry said.
There are three categories of heavy vehicles with different ban periods: Category 1 is a total ban, Category 2 trucks are banned from midnight to 8 a.m., and Category 3 construction vehicles are banned from 6 a.m. p.m. until 6 a.m.
The ban covers seven types of goods vehicles, heavy trucks and dump trucks with a load of more than 7.5 tons, low haul trucks, pole trailers, flatbed trailers, log trucks, heavy machinery, cranes, and tractors. (except heavy machinery, cranes and tractors used for emergency and rescue operations).
During the four days, a 24-hour ban is imposed on heavy trucks, with a load of more than 7.5 tons, carrying cement, iron, steel, stone, sand, earth, tin, coal or other materials construction or minerals. .
As for container trucks carrying goods (except those transporting goods to and from ports or airports and industrial zones of the same state), they are subject to a driving ban from midnight to 8 am for the four days. The ban will also apply to cargo trucks transporting electronic/electrical products or chemical materials to and from ports and airports and industrial areas in the same state.
Empty cargo trucks and trucks carrying fresh palm oil, crude palm oil products, rubber and rubber scrap will also be prohibited from driving from midnight to 8 a.m. As for mobile cranes and cement mixers, they will not be allowed to travel from 6:00 pm to 6:00 am a distance of 25 km from the construction site, subject to the hours of operation allowed on certain highways.
The ministry also said that there will also be a reduction in the national speed limit to 80 km/h throughout Malaysia.reports. He added that the road transport department (JPJ) will carry out strict enforcement to ensure that motorists obey all traffic rules.