Syafiq (third right) with Datuk Benjamin Hasbie, president of Sarawak Cycling Association (SCA) (second left) before the flag off of the cyclists at State JPJ Complex.

KUCHING: Convoy officers — also known as marshalls — are not allowed to stop vehicles especially at traffic light intersections.

Sarawak Road Transport Department (JPJ) director Mohd Syafiq Anas Abdullah said his department has deployed its personnel to work with traffic police and marshalls during a cycling programme ‘Kayuhan Ambang Kemerdekaan’ organised by Matang Jaya Cycling Club and Sarawak Cycling Association.

He said these personnel were appointed to control the traffic situation during the cycling activity.

“We only encourage trained marshalls to be involved and preliminary briefings have been given to them to help and ensure the cyclists are safe,” he told reporters during a press conference at the JPJ Complex here.

He urged the participants to adhere to the standard operating procedures (SOPs) of the recovery movement control order (RMCO) throughout the programme.

“Cyclists are also advised not to be too close or crowd in groups in order not to interfere with the flow of other vehicles including cars and trucks,” he said.

Mohd Syafiq later flagged off some 300 cyclists from the JPJ Complex (first pit stop) as they proceeded to Serian Town, in the final lap of the cycling programme.