KUALA LUMPUR: Do not take more passengers than
your vehicle's carrying capacity, said Deputy Federal Territories
Minister Datuk Wira Abu Seman Yusop.
He said if the carrying capacity of a vehicle
was five, then it was wise to follow that figure and not to overload
the car with more passengers, as the vehicle may already be heavy
due to luggage and other items placed in the boot.
He added that for a small car it was ideal to
have three passengers in the back seat, one at the front excluding
the driver, but the number could vary depending on the type of
"Please follow the 'Eight Golden Rules on
Road Safety', not forgetting the ninth (not to overload passengers)
that was disclosed today,'' he said Tuesday in his speech before
launching the Chinese New Year road safety campaign at the Sungai
Besi toll plaza near here.
The rules that he was referring to were not to
drive when one was tired, drunk or in an emotional state; keep
to the speed limit; when changing lanes signal or use indicators
and check for traffic via side mirrors and rear view mirror; comply
with road regulations at intersections, especially at traffic light
junctions; avoid tailgating; observe safety guidelines when overtaking,
and never overtake when in doubt; don’t jump queue or abuse
emergency lanes; and lastly avoid weaving through traffic.
Abu Seman said it was normal for those heading
back to their hometowns to rush back during festive seasons, but
advised them not to do so, as it was better to be late than to