Monday, September 7, 2009
New signboard to point out the right way
AN additional signboard would be put up near the Kg Pandan roundabout to guide motorists from Jalan Sg Besi/Jln Tun Razak and Jalan Pasar who want to turn left into Jalan Sultan Ismail.
This is following numerous complaints by motorists that they have been frequently issued summonses by the police waiting down the road as soon as they turned left into Jalan Sultan Ismail after the traffic lights at the roundabout.
The motorists said they were only following the existing signboard that was put up over a year ago at the traffic light junction near the roundabout with an arrow pointing that they could make the left turn.
Bukit Bintang MP Fong Kui Lun said his service centre has been receiving many complaints over this matter.
“The policemen would be stationed there during lunch time to issue the summonses,” said Fong during a visit to the area.
Misleading: Motorists are not allowed to make a left turn to get into Jln Sultan Ismail here but the arrow on the signboard says otherwise.
“The signboard is misleading. Also, the road design here is not so practical as motorists from Jalan Sg Besi who want to head towards Jalan Sultan Ismail need to make a big turn at the roundabout, passing through five sets of traffic lights.”
The summonses, he said, were issued as the police wanted to prevent cars from criss-crossing and causing danger to others since double-lines have also been drawn on the road.
Fong said although there is a left lane for vehicles to make the left turn, motorists from the right lanes would not be able to inch their way in time to this lane due to the short stretch.
Also present was the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) urban transportation department deputy-director Abdul Hamid Surip.
Fong had suggested that the arrow on the existing signboard be changed from left to point straight so as not to mislead drivers. However, it is learnt that the signboard will remain but the double lines erased and replaced with dotted lines that allow motorists to turn left.