Traffic jams not only waste time of motorists and passengers but can cause mental stress to them. Delays may result in late arrival for employment, meetings and education, resulting in lost business, disciplinary action or other personal losses.
Jams also pave way for wastage of fuel and wear and tear of vehicle parts which ultimately waste the money of the motorists.
Transport Minister Ong Tee Keat said motorists could plan their journey better to avoid traffic jams if they have information on the traffic situations.
He drove home the point when launching Bernama Radio24 "Info Trafik KL" at Wisma Bernama this morning.
Ong also witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Bernama Radio24, Sunlight Radio Taxi Sdn Bhd and Muslim Consumers Association of Malaysia (PPIM) on creating the new programme.
He described the tie-up as “permuafakatan tiga sekawan (a three-friend collaboration)”
Sunlight taxi drivers will directly share information on the traffic situation in the Klang Valley with listeners of Radio24 from 6am to 10am and from 4pm to 8pm, Monday to Friday.
At the same function, Ong launched a road safety campaign themed "Smart Driving" in which 1,000 Sunlight taxis operating in the Klang Valley will display the campaign stickers with tips on courteous driving.
A Nielsen study concluded that 60 per cent of radio listeners in Malaysia listened to the radio while driving. This indicates the importance of providing information on traffic situations for the convenience of road users.