PLUS Malaysia Berhad (PLUS) has advised Malaysians to balik kampung ahead of time in conjunction with upcoming Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebrations.
The highway operator also issued a ‘Balik Kampung and Pulang Ke Bandar’ Travel Time Advisory (TTA) to help drivers avoid getting stuck in massive traffic jams from April 29 to May 2.
In a Facebook post, PLUS chief executive officer (CEO) Datuk Zakaria Ahmad Zabidi encouraged those travelling from the Klang Valley to states located far away such as Perlis, Kedah, Penang, Perak, and Johor to enter the highway before 10am, while those travelling to nearer states are advised to enter the highway before 1pm.
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As this is the first time after two years of movement control order (MCO) that Malaysians are allowed to return to their home villages to celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri, we expect about two million vehicles which is an increase of 25 per cent compared to 1.6 million vehicles a day using our highways currently.
“In view of this, do expect congestion and possibly prolonged duration for your travel. So we urge and advise highway customers to abide by the TTA issued to plan journeys back to their hometowns and to return to the city,” he said.
Zakaria warned that those who failed to adhere to the TTA can expect delays of up to 10 hours or two times longer than the expected travel time.
“The TTA is designed to prevent traffic heading towards further destinations from converging with those heading to nearer places. By adhering to the TTA, it would make a positive difference to one’s travelling experience.
“We also call upon everyone to follow the traffic laws and drive carefully while making sure that their vehicles are in good condition so that you and your family can reach your destination safely and celebrate Aidilfitri with your family.”
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