The National Level Road Safety Awareness Campaign themed ‘Berhati-hati dalam perjalanan, Selamat ke destinasi’ (Cautious in your journey, safely to your destination) organised by the Road Safety Department (Jabatan Keselamatan Jalan Raya) was officially launched by Deputy Minister of Transport, YB Datuk Ab. Aziz Kaprawi at the TBS (Terminal Bersepadu Selatan) today.
The opening was jointly officiated by the Director of Road Safety Department Tuan Ghafar Bin Yusof, Director of MIROS Dr.Wong Shaw Voon, Deputy Director of JPJ Dato’ Yusof Bin Ayob, Finance Director of Scania Ulrika Hellberg and Prime Minister’s Department Chief Secretary for Asset Management, En.Azri Noor Mohd Arif .
The event which was sponsored by Scania South East Asia, was aimed at increasing road safety awareness among motorists. The launching of the event held in BTS also saw a number of private companies alongside government agencies who set up information booths for the public to participate in.
Among the agencies that set up information booths are SPAD, JPJ, Bomba, PDRM, MIROS, Puspakom, JPAM (Jabatan Pertahanan Awam Malaysia), Agensi Anti-Dadah Kebangsaan, PERKESO and Boon Siew Honda Safety Riding Centre.
Datuk Aziz also announced that during the festive holidays, specifically during February 6 & 7, 10 & 11, a restriction will be imposed on certain categories of heavy vehicles to reduce heavy vehicles on the road and to provide for better traffic management.
In addition, a reduction of speed limit from 80km/h to 70 km/h for interstate roads, and from 90 km/h to 80/km/h for Federal roads will be observed for the first 16 days of February. The Police will be conducting ‘Ops Selamat’ from February 1-16, whereas JPJ will station their Skuad Muda 1JPJ as well as plain-clothes officers in express buses as well as the stations to better monitor motorists and bus drivers.
These steps along with several others that are initiated by relevant agencies of the government are efforts taken to reduce the number of accidents and road deaths which has plagued the country for a long time now. Malaysia recorded the third highest road deaths in South East Asia and has a mortality rate of close to 7000 deaths arising from road accidents annually.
Datuk Aziz also met members of the media in a press conference, and announced that the relevant agencies are working on a solution to legalise UBER and other ride sharing apps as it was a service that has been accepted by the public. However, he warned that a solution is yet to be found, citing that the transportation labs headed by JPJ is still looking into this. It is however likely that these car owners would have to purchase commercial insurance for their cars which are used for these ride sharing apps.
Separately authorities are also looking into the registration of construction site vehicles, more popularly known as ‘Lori Hantu’ to better monitor the maintenance and ownership of such vehicles, declaring that the government though wanting a better solution in managing these vehicles will not impose road tax so that operators will not be burdened with rising costs.