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If we look carefully , all the federal roads have a speed limit of 90km/h- here all type of vehicles including motorcycles use the road. Somehow when we provide a separate designated motorcycle lane, the speed limit of the main road is dropped to only 70km/h. It would seem logical for us to increase the speed limit because the motorcycles have been taken off the mainstream - but the opposite is done. Can anyone explain why it is done this way ??
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Salam Mr Harjit Singh Sir,


As seen in the notes below,

For  federal road, its speed limit is 90km/h.

During festive season its reduce to 80km/h,

In town area, reduce to 60km/h.


A simple logical explaination to your question is, though separate designated lanes are provided for motorcycles, but still the volume of cars, lorries (which contribute to p.c.u) determines the speed.

There may be designated motorcycle lane, but the no of motorcycle is nil, but volumes of cars and lorries is tremendous, dun tell me v r gonna reduce the speed limit?



 If we were to refer arahan teknik jalan, there are actually lot of factor that determines the speed.

Among others are, type of road R1,2,3,4,5,6, U1,2,3,4,5,6 expressway, width of road, condition of road whether its  mountanious, rolling,  volume of traffic. Its all been spell out.

Food for tot, if the width of road is a constraint, by introducing designated motorcycles lanes, indirectly u are narrowing the lanes for cars and lorries( i am referring to existing roads where road width is very very limited) . Therefore when volumes maintain the same or higher but lanes becomes narrower, more so why we need to reduce the speed.


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Had Laju Kebangsaan (National Speed Limits) is a set of speed limits applicable on Malaysian expressways, federal roads, state roads and municipal roads. The National Speed Limits was enforced on 1 February 1989 following the National Speed Limit Orders 1989 (Perintah Had Laju Kebangsaan 1989). Like any other countries in the world, failing to obey the speed limit on Malaysian roads and expressways is an offence as subject to Malaysian Road Safety Act 1987, which can be fined up to RM300, depending on the difference between the speed limit and the driven speed.

Default speed limits

  • Expressways: 110 km/h (68 mph) by default, but may be reduced to 80 or 90 km/h (50-56 mph) at dangerous mountainous stretches, crosswind areas and urban areas with high traffic capacity.
  • Federal roads: 90 km/h (56 mph) by default (reduced to 80 km/h during festive seasons), 60 km/h (37 mph) in town area.
  • State roads: 90 km/h (56 mph) by default (reduced to 80 km/h during festive seasons), 60 km/h (37 mph) in town area.
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Thank you En.Noor Azman for your detailed answer.

But I still wonder when the constraints you mentioned are not there - like reducing width of road to cater for motorcycle lane (additional land acquisition was done); number of motocycles - still being a lot ( that is why they actually created the motorcycle lane in the first place); condition of road being flat (non mountaneous) - then by right the speed should not be reduced.

The particular stretch I am talking about is the federal road from Alor Star to Kangar

Actually there is another stretch on the PLUS highway where speed is also reduced for unknown reasons - the stretch is at the Ipoh exit . Before creating a divider to separate the main stream traffic from the traffic exiting to or entering from Ipoh, the speed limit of the highway stretch was 110km/h. But when the divider was made - thereby reducing any form of weaving traffic - the speed was reduced to 90km/h - mind boggling....... don't understand why this so.??