The Selangor state government is discussing the possibility of allowing road users to report potholes using Waze. Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali said that Selangor had already initiated talks with the app developer, and hopes to see the feature implemented as early as the middle of this year.
“We are discussing with Waze at the moment, on the possibility of using their application to strengthen our initiatives for smart solutions in Selangor. And certainly there are many mechanisms that we could use within this application, so we are proposing to Waze if we can use the app for road users to report back to our local council if they find any potholes on the road while on the way to the office or to their homes,” he told reporters.
The idea is that local councils will be able to monitor reports coming in through Waze and take action against potholes much sooner. Azmin said that it will be easier for councils to locate the potholes because the reports will include GPS coordinates. He hopes that this will reduce the time needed to fix the roads, going as far as to estimate that repairs could be completed within 72 hours of a report.
Nothing has been decided as of yet, but the Selangor government has already earmarked six municipal councils to participate in the project, namely Ampang Jaya (MPAJ), Kajang (MPKJ), Subang Jaya (MPSJ), Shah Alam (MBSA), Petaling Jaya (MBPJ) and Klang (MPK).
[Source: The Malay Mail Online]