When you are about to skip Tapah R&R (short form for rest and revive or simply a rest area) along the North South Expressway (PLUS Highway), wouldn’t you like to know how far is the next R&R so you can decide whether you need to take a break at Tapah or you can still drive to the next R&R?
No! Not according to the people who decide where to put up the sign that says “if you skip this R&R, you will have to drive 86 km to get to the next one”. They decided that the best place to put up such signboards is about half a kilometer after the R&R, not before.
Next time you drive along the highway, notice the signboard after each R&R rest areas. All of them (Tapah, Ayer Keroh, Sungai Perak, Rawang, Gunung Semanggol, etc.) have the next R&R distance signage put up at about 500 meter after the R&R exit.
They prefer to mock the highway users with “Haw haw! (read like Jimbo Muntz in the Simpsons) serves you right! You should have stopped, bro! Now you’re gonna have to drive another 86 km to get your lunch and/or petrol”.
For a frequent commuter between KL and Tronoh like me, I know that after Tapah on a southbound journey, the next Ulu Bernam R&R is about 64 km. For any other Mat and Din or Chin and Yap, they could potentially be left stranded along the highway for not stopping to refuel at Tapah.
What a bummer would that be! Could that have been avoided? You betcha!
You would think that such a big highway operator like Projek Lebuhraya Utara Selatan Berhad (PLUS) whose annual profit exceeds RM 1 billion, would have smart enough advisers to advise them on simple things like this. Apparently not.
Their advisers just advise on when to revise the toll rate (read: when to hike the toll rate). And how much to revise. If the government decides not to revise, they advise on how much the government needs to pay them as compensation.
Any other “strange” signboards you have seen lately?