Strict on drunk driving, lenient on potholes? Ditch the dents - Lawyer

Lawyer calls for stringent pothole regulations to enhance road safety

WAN AHMAD  ATARMIZI
WAN AHMAD ATARMIZI
28 Jan 2024 07:04am
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SHAH ALAM - While Malaysia cracks down on drunk driving with gusto, potholes remain primarily unaddressed, a longstanding menace on the nation's roads.

This stark contrast begs the question: are authorities truly committed to citizen safety on the asphalt?

Lawyer Muhammad Rafique Rashid Ali demanded more. He called for a multi-pronged approach driven by genuine public concern, urging the government to implement and enforce stringent pothole regulations.

"The pothole pandemic crippled Malaysia, yet proactive solutions linger in the shadows.

"We need a robust regulatory framework with clear repair timelines, size limits, and hefty fines for negligence.

"Hold both authorities and contractors accountable for shoddy work and sluggish repairs.

"Imagine swift fines for each unrepaired pothole exceeding a set size and timeframe.

"Such an incentive would spur immediate action and banish complacency," he told Sinar Daily recently.

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He said advanced inspection mechanisms are another weapon in this war.

"Equipping authorities with pavement scanning technology allows proactive identification of potential potholes, replacing reactive patching with preventative measures," he said.

Rafique stressed the importance of transparency and public participation, proposing citizen reporting platforms and accessible data on pothole locations and repair schedules to enhance communication and accountability between citizens and authorities.

Rafique also highlighted the need for a long-term vision, suggesting investment in research and development of pothole-resistant materials and innovative construction techniques.

This approach envisioned a future with fewer potholes, demonstrating the government's commitment to durable and resilient road infrastructure.

"Conquering the pothole problem is achievable.

"Through stricter regulations, proactive maintenance, technological advancements, and public engagement, the government can create a smoother, safer journey for all Malaysians.

"Ditch the dents, build a better road ahead," he added.