A newly-installed speed hump in Subang Jaya has been met with disapproval from road users and residents alike due to its impractical "too high" design and lack of proper signboards to warn motorists of the impending hump
The hump, which is placed right before a pedestrian crossing, is located along Persiaran Jengka between SS14 and SS18 in Subang Jaya. It is presumed to have been installed as part of the LRT construction in the area.
The absence of signboards have caused many motorists - most of whom were unaware of the new hump - to literally "fly" over it, as it was already too late when they realised there was a hump on their path
Residents reported hearing several bangs as cars repeatedly "flew" over the hump in full speed, with some damaging their undercarriage and oil sumps.
The hoo-ha over the allegedly hazardous bump became widespread when a video of several cars "flying" over the hump before crashing onto the road went viral on social media:
In the ensuing discussion, some pointed out that the cars in the viral video appeared to have driven very fast over the hump despite there being brightly-painted lines and checkers before arriving at the hump
However, an argument can be made that the hump is indeed too high and inclined at a steep angle. Drivers could still experience a painful bump even if they are going slow, especially come nightfall.
Some are of the opinion that the hump itself is not the issue, but rather, it's the lack of signboards and stop lights to warn incoming vehicles that is the real problem with the new addition to a well-used road
In response to the video, a representative from Prasarana Malaysia said that motorists should slow down instead of speeding up at pedestrian crossings to avoid accidents that could cost human lives or damage their vehicles
Speaking to Subang Jaya community newspaper SJ Echo, Prasarana Malaysia Berhad Group Communications and Strategic Marketing executive vice president Lim Jin Aun said, "Motorists should slow down instead of speeding up before a pedestrian crossing. The raised table is already painted with zebra crossing. The speed limit along Persiaran Jengka is only 50km/h but most cars were travelling beyond that."
"Work is still in progress. We will be installing the crossing stop lights and road signs before the end of this month," Lim said, adding that warning cones and blinkers had been placed in the area as a temporary measure and that the design is according to specifications and has been approved by MPSJ and the Road Safety Auditor.
In a video posted by SJ Echo earlier today, 6 June, the placement of traffic cones seem to have alerted vehicles to slow down approaching the hump with no more "flying" cars: