Decrease in traffic volume following MCO, CMCO

The quiet condition of the main road in Sibu on MCO’s first day today.

KUCHING: There has been a decrease in traffic volume following the implementation of the movement control order (MCO) in Sibu and conditional movement control order (CMCO) in other divisions in Sarawak.

The Transport Ministry carried out an analysis with data gathered, from Jan 17 until 27,from the 77 Smart Traffic Lights (STL) in the state.

After the implementation of MCO on Jan16, Sibu recorded 41,234 vehicles per day as compared to during the recovery movement control order (RMCO) period which was 57,129 vehicles per day.

In other divisions, following the implementation of CMCO on Jan 18, Kuching recorded 48,092 vehicles per day as compared to before CMCO which was 52,116 vehicles per day.

Miri recorded 39,603 vehicles per day, which was much lower than before CMCO which was 47,401 vehicles per day whereas in Sarikei, 22,854 vehicles were recorded per day as compared to before which was 25,770 vehicles per day.

As for Bintulu, there was a slight drop in traffic volume from 43,833 vehicles per day to 47,819 vehicles per day.

The ministry stated that this could also be the result of roadblocks and inspections conducted by the police together with other enforcement agencies to regulate and control the movement of people between divisions.