| James Kon |
IN A move to achieve the national aspiration of a safer and more efficient land transport system, the Ministry of Communications through the Land Transport Department and the Brunei National Road Safety Council yesterday launched the “Safe and Smart Driving in Brunei Darussalam” book.
The book was launched by Pehin Orang Kaya Hamzah Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Hj Abdullah bin Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Hj Bakar, Minister of Communications, who also handed over the book to Abdul Mutalib bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Hj Mohd Yusof, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Communications, who is also Chairman of the Brunei National Road Safety Council.
The book, which consists of 23 chapters, is hoped to act as a guideline for road users to practise safe driving skills.
Among the chapters are driving licences, driving test, knowing your vehicle and vehicle maintenance, vehicle inspection, car modifications, towing, driving etiquette, road safety, traffic offences, road rage, vehicle theft and theft from vehicles as well as others.
Dr Hj Supry bin Hj Awang Ladi, Director of Land Transport, in his welcoming address said, “The efforts and works in collecting information and data on publishing the book started in February 2014 by the Land Transport Department.
“Inputs from the Brunei National Road Safety Council were also collected to be included in the book.
“This is the first publication and there maybe a number of drawbacks or improvements that can be looked into for the next edition to include other relevant issues in line with the current development.”
Pehin Orang Kaya Hamzah Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Hj Abdullah, in his speech, highlighted, “The book will be updated from time to time to make sure it continues to be relevant with the technology development in land transport and the demand of road users.
The safety characteristics are based on the best practice globally.”
The minister reminded the Land Transport Department to make use of the information on car safety features in the process of policy preparation and the implementation of regulation, especially in the instance of the introduction of the New Car Assessment Programme (NCAP).
This, he said, would help potential buyers. The minister also toured the various car safety booths at the exhibition, which ends today.