UTRAJAYA, June 11 — The number of vehicles plying on major highways in the country has increased by 100 per cent on the first day of the implementation of the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) yesterday following the lifting of interstate travel ban.
Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said, for example, the number of vehicles plying on the North-South Expressway (PLUS) had increased to 2.04 million yesterday compared with 1.2 million recorded one day earlier, while the Karak Highway also recorded an increase, from 37,789 to 85,985 vehicles yesterday.
Ismail Sabri, who is also the Defence Minister, said the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) would continue to monitor traffic flows at all highways and rest and service (R&R) areas to ensure that standard operating procedures (SOPs) were adhered to by all motorists returning to their hometown.
“Don’t congregate too densely at the public toilets, or in the suraus, as well as at the food stalls and I hope everyone will be complying with the SOPs,” he told a daily press conference on RMCO here today.
Ismail Sabri also reminded the people wanting to travel home to drive carefully as there was a spike in fatal accident cases following the relaxation of interstate travel during RMCO.