Published on April 5th, 2024 | by Sounder Rajen


Government Issues Temporary Speed Limit Reduction On Federal Roads For Hari Raya

With Hari Raya around the corner, a temporary speed limit reduction will take effect soon

In lieu of Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebrations and as part of a comprehensive road safety initiative, the Ministry of Works in Malaysia has announced a temporary reduction in the speed limit on all Federal Roads across the country. Effective from 8 to 14 April 2024, motorists will be required to adhere to a reduced speed limit of 80km/h, down from the usual 90km/h.

This decision comes as a proactive measure to enhance road safety during a period of heightened travel activity. With Hari Raya Aidilfitri being a significant holiday in Malaysia, it is anticipated that there will be increased traffic volume on the roads as people travel to celebrate with loved ones. 

Moreover, Integrated Ops and the Road Safety Campaign are integral components of this initiative, emphasising the collaborative effort between various stakeholders to ensure the effectiveness of the speed limit reduction. Such coordinated efforts reflect the government’s commitment to prioritising public safety and reducing road accidents during festive seasons.

The rationale behind this temporary measure lies in its potential to minimise the severity of accidents and enhance overall road safety. Studies have consistently shown that lower speeds result in reduced accident rates and less severe collisions

By reducing the speed limit, drivers have more time to react to unforeseen circumstances, thereby decreasing the likelihood of accidents and minimising the impact of any accidents that may occur.

On top of that, the timing of this speed limit reduction aligns with the spirit of Hari Raya Aidilfitri, which emphasises unity, compassion, and goodwill. By encouraging motorists to exercise caution and patience on the roads, the initiative fosters a sense of collective responsibility towards ensuring the safety and well-being of all road users.

While the temporary reduction in speed limits may inconvenience some motorists, it is a small sacrifice compared to the potential lives saved and injuries prevented. Compliance with the revised speed limit is not only a legal requirement but also a moral obligation to prioritise the safety of oneself and others on the road.


After all, safety should always be a priority, if not your own safety, then the safety of one’s family should be the priority when on the road. Remember, we here at DSF would like to remind all our readers that when you are on the road for your “balik kampung drive,” you are responsible for the lives of your daily and other road users too, so be a safe driver.

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