KUALA LUMPUR: The Transport Ministry has announced a road ban for goods-carrying vehicles on Jan 20, 21, 24 and 25 to reduce traffic congestion during the Chinese New Year period.

It said in a statement on Friday (Jan 13) that the ban would reduce the risk of road accidents.

“This ban is enforced taking into account the significant increase in traffic, especially for private vehicles returning to home towns. The national speed limit reduction order will also be enforced along with this road ban,” according to the statement, reported Bernama.

Federal and state roads will have the speed limit lowered by 10kph. Federal roads will see the limit lowered from 90kph to 80kph, while state roads will see a temporary reduction to 70kph from the usual 80kph.