By: Amirul Hazmi
SHELL Malaysia today announced its partnership with the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS) to improve road safety through the International Road Safety Assessment Programme (iRAP).
The iRAP uses a vehicle outfitted with advanced devices to analyse 5,000km of expressways and federal roads nationwide which then assigns appropriate ratings based on the data collected.
The ratings, based on a 5-star scale, serve as a benchmark to pinpoint where improvements are needed.
Through consistent methodology, the data is then used to develop high-return road safety countermeasures designed to prevent road accidents.
As one of the leading fuel retailers in the country, Shell Malaysia welcomes MIROS’ effort to improve road safety and most importantly, to share the information with the public, so drivers can be more aware and drive carefully.
The partnership was marked by a signing ceremony witnessed by YB Dato’ Sri Liow Tiong Lai, Minister of Transport Malaysia.
Liow said, “The Ministry of Transport aims to provide an integrated, efficient, cost-effective, environmentally-friendly and, above all, safe transportation system. We need the participation of all stakeholders to address the pressing issue of rising road accidents and fatality rates. With these collaborative efforts, I am heartened to see MIROS and Shell Malaysia collaborating and leading the way in improving road safety measures.”
According to him, the Ministry of Transport will work together with the Ministry of Works, particularly with Public Works Department (JKR) and Malaysian Highway Authority (LLM) to plan and prioritize road safety enhancement programmes by utilizing iRAP.
Commenting on the partnership, Datuk Iain Lo, Chairman of Shell Malaysia said, “Safety is part of our DNA and road transport is necessary part of our business activities. It is our hope that this Road Assessment Programme will help reduce accidents on our roads. Shell will also use iRAP star ratings in our journey management plans and improve our own road safety measures.”
For further inquiries regarding MIROS or iRAP, kindly log on to www.miros.gov.my and www.irap.org.