| Azaraimy HH |
THE Ministry of Communications will continuously work together with Asean NCAP (New Car Assessment Programme for Southeast Asia) as a reference to the car safety standards in the country.
The Acting Director of Land Transport Department, Dr Haji Supry bin Haji Awang Ladi, told this to the Bulletin after the launching ceremony of the Land Transport White Paper for Brunei Darussalam and opening ceremony of the National Road Safety Seminar 2014 yesterday.
At the launching ceremony, Asean NCAP Secretary-General, Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS), Khairil Anwar Abu Kassim, spoke on the ‘Global NCAP and Asean NCAP: Contribution to Safer Systems’.
Khairil Anwar congratulated Brunei’s Ministry of Communications for the formation of the Land Transport White Paper.
With the White Paper in place now, Khairil believes Brunei will be the most potential country to achieve zero fatality. Thus Brunei could become the first country to receive a world award. He said there are other small countries such as Luxembourg or Liechtenstein, but Brunei has the most potential as it is starting it early now.
Before speaking about Asean NCAP that basically rates cars’ safety standards, he said besides rating the bus, rating cars is very important in Brunei too.
In Malaysia, there is a safety star grading providing grades to buses and Malaysia is also looking at star rating of the roads. Malaysia is now having its own road assessment programme because it is important to have the local ingredients.
“We can have international standards, we can have benchmarking from any part of the world but without having local content, it won’t solve the problem directly, and that is why in Malaysia, MIROS has the programme,” he said.
On November 27, 2014, Malaysia was appointed as Asean Road Safety Centre, and Khairil thanked Brunei for nominating Malaysia and expressed NCAP’s desire to establish more working relations with Brunei.
Khairil said currently there are nine NCAPs in the world, and Asean NCAP is No 9.
“Very soon, we will have Indian NCAP or BARA NCAP, and there is also the possibility of South African NCAP. Nevertheless, we are still (currently) the youngest among our brothers,” he added.
He said in developing countries such as Brazil, China and others, including Southeast Asian countries, the number of road fatalities/vehicle occupant deaths are on the rise. While in developed countries, the trend is stable.
This is why in the White Paper, the effort to reduce road fatalities is very important.