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Confusion marks first day of Sai Van Bridge special lane

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The special lane for motorcycles at the Sai Van Bridge began its pilot operation yesterday at 11a.m; but the first day of operation was marked by some confusion, with motorcyclists not aware of the special lane. Motorcycle drivers who do not drive in the prescribed lane will be fined MOP600. The speed limit was set at 60 km per hour and violators are to receive a fine ranging from MOP2,000 to MOP10,000. The police promised more staff would be dispatched at the entrance of the new motorcycle lane to remind drivers at the preliminary implementation stage. However, according to TDM, many motorists were not clear about new arrangements and traffic at the scene was once chaotic. Some motorcyclists didn’t drive in the lane and traffic police had to lead them to transfer; also motorists who misunderstood instructions and drove into the motorcycle lane had to be re-guided by traffic police. At both entrances in Macau and Taipa, a long line occurred when motorcycles were waiting to get in the lane. After police set up barricades for motorcycles and private car drivers to slow down, the traffic jam eased up. Some motorcyclists said it was dangerous when they tried to switch to the motorcycle lane, and they hoped more instruction signs would be added.

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20/08/2012 10:27:12
This new arrangemtn has been in the newspapers, on TV for several weeks now and still people are unaware. And who do they blame? Everybody except themselves. The signage is clear, if you do not read or familiarize yourself then problems are about to happen. Where is people's own responsiblity and common sense? Why always blame the government? People, grow up and get alive!!
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