PLUS Malaysia is expecting up to 1.9 million vehicles on its highways today and tomorrow (August 12) as many Malaysians travel to their hometowns or polling locations in conjunction with the State Elections (PRN).
To prepare for this higher volume of traffic, PLUS has beefed up its highway operations and has temporarily stopped all work on the highways that require lane closures until August 13. Only in cases where emergency works are necessary (accident clearance, critical or emergency repair work) will activities be authorised.
“Please be prepared to face a longer travelling time due to the increase in traffic as compared to normal days,” said PLUS Senior General Manager of Operations, Mohd Yusuf Abdul Aziz. “We advise those planning to return to their hometowns, travelling to designated polling locations and heading back to the Klang Valley to plan their journey properly.”
He advises motorists to install the PLUS Application on their smartphones or digital devices. This will help them plan their journeys and get the latest traffic information on the highways. Waze or Google Maps can also be used to plan journeys.
Alternatively, highway users can follow traffic reports via Twitter@PLUSTrafik, PUTRI Chatbot, electronic signage (VMS) at selected locations, the PLUSLine at 1800-88-0000, as well as through local radio stations.
PLUS is also ensuring that all public facilities such as restrooms, suraus and petrol stations at the R&Rs and lay-bys are operational 24-hours a day.
Motorists are encouraged to take a break every 2 hours of driving so they will be alert. During their breaks, they (and others in their vehicles) can also enjoy a variety of food and drink options at the R&Rs.