GEORGE TOWN, FEB 18 – Heavy vehicles are banned from entering the Penang Island during the Chinese New Year holiday to avoid traffic congestion. State Local Government and Traffic Management Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow said the move was to ensure traffic flows smoothly for holidaymakers on the island. “During festive season, all lorries and heavy trailers are to be temporarily hold from coming into the island to give way for ‘balik kampung’ traffic and to avoid heavy jams. “
This is to avoid situations where speeds dropped to 15-20 km per hour for drivers on the island,” he said when contacted. As at 2pm, the traffic flow on the island is under control and vehicles are moving smoothly. However, motorists are being told to expect traffic congestion in another five hours as vehicles will start pouring in. To cope with congestion, Chow urged public to drive carefully and adhere to the traffic rules to prevent traffic at a snail’s pace.
Meanwhile, Chow said the traffic close-circuit television (CCTV) control room will be operational for 24 hours throughout the festive holiday to ensure motorists abide traffic rules. “Normally, the CCTV control room will be monitored by personnel for 12 hours but for this week they will be operating 24 hours,” he said when contacted.