| James Kon |
WITH an average of 11 road deaths per 100,000 population, Brunei Darussalam’s average of road fatality is higher than that of a number of developed countries such as Australia, Singapore, the United Kingdom and others that have a huge car population.
This alarming statistic was revealed by the Minister of Communications, Pehin Orang Kaya Hamzah Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Abdullah bin Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Haji Bakar, during the launching of the first-of-its-kind book entitled “Safe and Smart Driving in Brunei Darussalam” yesterday.
The book, which consists of 23 chapters, will serve as a guideline for road users to practise safe and prudent driving.
Noting that the average road fatality in Australia, Singapore and the UK is under 10 per 100,000 population, the minister expressed his hope that Brunei could emulate what these developed countries have done to reduce the number of road fatalities.
It would be good if Brunei could reduce the number of road fatalities to zero or at least reduce the number of road fatalities, he added.
Highlighting the importance of always providing best services to road users, the minister urged the Land Transport Department to ensure that they always provide correct and up-to-date information to the public and to take an initiative to reach out to the public.
Meanwhile, the minister pointed out that the Land Transport Department has identified measures to solve the issue of faded road tax and licence by working closely with various parties including suppliers.
He also expressed his hope that the department would update the public on this development in due course.