Next R&R 86 km

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?


One Comment to “Next R&R 86 km”

  1. It’s the same as direction signs on many of the highways, which come about 10 metres before (or after) the turning.

    My theory is that that signs are put up by your average highway worker, who walks everywhere – for him, as long as he can see the sign 10 metres before the junction, he can decide which way to walk.
    But what about the highway engineers who should be deciding where to put the signs? Well, they just don’t care – they’ve been designing this junction for months, so they know which way to go, and assume that everyone else has the same knowledge.

    It would be solved by the application of very simple rules, but we don’t like following rules in this country – it makes life too dull and predictable!

    Another complaint about highway signs is that they very rarely tell you which road a turning leads to (e.g. the N-S highway or the NKVE or the KESAS highway). I often know I’m heading to some part of P.J., and I might have planned to go on the KESAS highway, but all I see are signs saying “P.J.” or “Subang Jaya”, with no clue about which road I’ll end up on.
    Some of the newer highways (e.g. the DUKE) are better in this respect, but I suspect that’s more about marketing than being helpful.
    I’d also like to see some consistency about whether road names (e.g. Guthrie Corridor Expressway) or numbers (e.g. E33) are used. Numbers are simpler, but only if they’re used widely and consistently (like in most Wastern countries) so we get a chance to learn them.

    Thanks for giving me the opportunity to whinge about these points 🙂

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