Stop blaming us for Causeway jams, say lorrymen
JOHOR BARU: Stop blaming lorries for causing congestion at the Johor Causeway and come up with solutions to resolve the problem, the Johor Lorry Operators Association tells the authorities.
Its president Anthony Tan said banning heavy vehicles from using the Causeway to transport goods to and from Singapore would not reduce traffic congestion.
He urged the relevant authorities to look at the whole picture and not single out lorries as the primary cause for the congestion.
“There are too many cars going into Singapore from Johor Baru and vice versa, especially during peak hours,” said Tan.
He also claimed that the daily congestion was worse on this side of the Causeway rather than the Woodlands stretch in Singapore because of poor co-ordination.
Tan said directing heavy vehicles to use the Second Link in Tanjung Kupang, Gelang Patah, permanently instead of the Causeway would not solve the problem.
He was commenting on reports that Johor had proposed to ban heavy vehicles from using the Causeway and had submitted the proposal to the Federal Government for further action.
“I think it is time for federal officials to visit the Causeway during peak hours and have a look at why the traffic is so bad here,” said Tan, adding that between 3,000 and 4,000 lorries use the Causeway daily.
He urged the authorities to emulate their Singaporean counterparts and open up more lanes at peak times to accommodate the vehicles.
Johor South SME Association founding president Teh Kee Sin concurred with Tan that banning heavy vehicles from the Causeway would not help reduce the congestion.
He called on the federal and state governments to engage with stakeholders for a win-win solution.
He added that reducing the toll at the Second Link would attract lorry operators to use it.
Teh also suggested that the two countries consider building walkalators like in airports for travellers to use to get across instead of driving.