| James Kon |
MEMBERS of the public will get a chance to voice their suggestions and opinions on road safety policy and related issues at the upcoming National Road Safety Seminar to be held for two days from December 15 to 16, 2014 by registering their attendance at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The inaugural seminar which comes with the theme, ‘Our Strive Towards Safer System’, is jointly organised by the Ministry of Communications and Institut Teknologi Brunei (ITB) in collaboration with members of the Brunei National Road Safety Council.
A brief detail of the seminar was revealed by the Acting Director at the Land Transport Department, Dr Hj Supry Hj Ag Ladi, at a press conference yesterday.
Also attending the press conference were the Acting Deputy Director of Land Transport Department, Dayang Fadzila binti Awang Abd Hamid and the Director of Centre for Transport Research, Dr Tan Soon Jiann, as well as officials.
The Acting Director of the Land Transport Department said, “The joint collaboration is in line with the recent titah of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam in emphasising the importance of close working relationship between the Ministry of Communications and ITB through the Centre for Transport Research. The two-day seminar is expected to be a platform for knowledge sharing and raising awareness as well as discussion on three aspects of transport safety, namely safer vehicles, safer drivers and safe roads, which will benefit the audience, especially members of the public.”
At the opening ceremony of the National Road Safety Seminar, Brunei’s Transportation White Paper will be launched. There will be nine papers related to road safety to be presented during the seminar.
He highlighted that the opening ceremony will be held on December 15 morning at the Dewan Pahlawan, Ministry of Communications, while the presentation will be in the afternoon. On December 16 the whole session will be held in ITB’s Lecture Theatre 2.
Following the opening ceremony, the international speaker will deliver a keynote address on the ‘Global/Asean New Car Assessment Programme (NCAP): Its Contributions to Safer Systems’ before proceeding with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)between Ministry of Communications and ITB.
The Director of Centre for Transport Research will deliver a presentation on road accident statistics and target by 2020 and beyond. The topic on the impact of SiKAP and other initiatives (including enforcement) towards safer drivers and road users will be delivered by the Department of Traffic Control and Investigation, Royal Brunei Police Force. The Road Department of Public Works Department will touch on strategies and initiatives towards safer roads.
On December 16 morning, repres-entatives from the Brunei Automobile & Trade Association (BATA) will present active safety features that help prevent car from road crashes, passive safety features that help protect road users involved in a road crash and comfort driving features – less stress and reduce fatigue – in driving.
There will also be presentation on ‘flat tyre protection systems’ by a private company.
Before concluding, the Land Transport Department will talk about ‘Car Modi-fications: Their Negative Impact”.