KUALA LUMPUR: The journey home to celebrate Chinese New Year began slowly yesterday with reports of several points of congestions and kilometres-long jams as traffic increased on all major highways on the peninsula.

Bukit Aman Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Department principal assistant director Supt Dr Bakri Zainal Abidin said traffic flow was very high yesterday.

“For example, massive congestion was reported from the Gombak (Selangor) toll plaza to the Bentong (Pahang) toll plaza,” he said.

There was an increase in the number of vehicles heading to the East Coast as well as reports of high traffic volume on other highways, Supt Bakri told Sunday Star.

He said an estimated 4.6 million vehicles travelled the major highways nationwide yesterday with 190,000 vehicles using the Kuala Lumpur-Karak highway alone.

“As for the PLUS highway, we estimated a traffic volume increase of 17.5%, resulting in 1.6 million vehicles on the road,” he added.

Meanwhile, PLUS Malaysia Bhd head of operations excellence Said Mohd Yusuf Abdul Aziz said traffic was slow moving due to an incident yesterday morning at the 302.4km northbound from Tapah to Gopeng in Perak involving a heavy vehicle.

“The PLUS team was on site to manage congestion and clearance work, which was completed at 3.45pm and all lanes towards the north were reopened,” he said.Most motorists were adhering to the travel schedule advisory issued by PLUS recently, he added (“PLUS releases travel advisory for Chinese New Year”, The Star, Jan 25; online at bit.ly/star_schedule).

He also reminded motorists of the banning of heavy vehicles on highways today and tomorrow, as well as from Feb 3 to Feb 5.

He urged drivers to check the PLUS app for traffic updates and keep the PLUSLine 1-800-88 0000 number handy.