Tomorrow (31st July) is the first day of Hari Raya Haji and many people have already taken their leaves and are travelling right now.
PDRM estimates that there will be a total of two million vehicles on the highway from 29th July to 2nd August, reported Bernama. Since that is a substantial amount of cars, 1,450 police officers will be deployed to make sure there is no traffic congestion at some hotspots.
To make things more convenient for road users, highway operators have released a Travel Time Advisory.
If you want to go to Perlis, Kedah, Penang, Northern Perak and Johor on the 29th/30th July from the Klang Valley, then you should enter the highway before 10am. For other states, you should enter the highway after 2pm.
If you want to come back to Klang Valley on 1st to 3rd August, then you should enter the highway before 9am.
To make things easier for motorists, PLUS has halted highway maintenance and repair works until 3rd August. Crane and tow truck services will be available at 14 strategic locations on the highway, according to Bernama.
Reload lanes at toll plazas will be closed to reduce the risk of Covid-19 transmission, so motorists are encouraged to reload their Touch n Go cards before entering the highway.
They are also encouraged to download the PLUS phone application to pre-order food in the R&R stations.
East Coast Expressway (E8)
According to Bernama, for today (30th July), road users from KL/Selangor will have two-time options when heading towards Pahang, Terengganu and Kelantan.
To Pahang: 10 am to 1 pm or 8 pm to 11 pm
To Terengganu and Kelantan: 6 am and 10 am or 5 pm to 8 pm.
If you want to return to Kuala Lumpur/Selangor on 1st and 2nd August, you are advised to enter the highways at these times.
From Pahang: 6 am and 10 am or 7 pm to 11 pm
From Terengganu (via the Kuala Terengganu Toll Plaza): 10 am to 1 pm or 8 pm to 10 pm
From Kelantan (via the Kuala Terengganu Toll Plaza): 5 pm to 9 pm or 9 pm to midnight
Before you get on the road for the long travel, make sure you have had enough sleep and that your car is serviced so that it is not on the verge of breaking down. Drive safely and within the speed limit for the sake of you and your family’s safety. If you need to stretch, go on and do it at the R&R stations and when you’re there, remember to wear your mask and practice social distancing.
When you’re elsewhere, remember to always abide by the SOPs given by the government as we really cannot afford to have a third wave.
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