| Danial Norjidi |
THE two-day National Road Safety Seminar 2014 officially came to a conclusion with a closing ceremony at Institut Teknologi Brunei (ITB) yesterday.
The guest of honour was Associate Professor Dr Hajah Zohrah binti Haji Sulaiman, Acting Vice-Chancellor of ITB.
Jointly-organised by the Ministry of Communications and ITB, the seminar aimed at providing a platform for the dissemination of the multi-sectoral initiatives and programmes related to road safety, with a focus on the concept of safer systems.
Yesterday’s closing ceremony saw a wrap-up speech delivered by Dr Hj Supry bin Hj Awg Ladi, Acting Director of the Land Transport Department as Chair of the Seminar Organising Committee.
In his speech, he shared that the Ministry of Communications, through the Land Transport Department in collaboration with the Brunei National Road Safety Council (BNRSC) has, upon further discussion with ITB’s Centre for Transport Research (CfTR), decided that the seminar is to be an annual event.
“We have agreed that the seminar will focus more on disseminating more practical road safety initiatives and programmes so that all information cascaded down to the public will be more meaningful and beneficial.”
The establishment of the CfTR at ITB and the close collaborations with the BNRSC have provided more in-depth to issues relating to road accidents in the country, he affirmed. “That really helps us formulate more focused strategies and sub-KPIs to achieve our target of 35 per cent reduction in road fatality rate by 2020.”
Specifically, the objectives of the seminar were to: share information and knowledge with relevant stakeholders and public on road safety policies, initiatives and trends; emphasise the importance of a ‘safer systems’ approach to road safety for all; raise awareness on the latest vehicle safety technology and features; and to generate interest among the public on the latest vehicle safety systems and other hands-on initiatives and projects in road safety.
The two-day seminar featured a keynote presentation by Khairil Anwar Abu Kassim, Secretary-General of the Asean New Car Assessment Programme (NCAP), entitled ‘Global NCAP and Asean NCAP: Contribution to Safer Systems’.
Six other seminar presentations took place over the two days dealing with road statistics, as well as enforcement and various safety initiatives.
The seminar’s theme, ‘Our Strive Towards Safer Systems’, was chosen to emphasise Brunei’s endeavour towards a safe system approach in road safety initiatives and strategies. The approach recognises the benefits to be gained from an overarching strategy that delivers safer travel through safer vehicles, roads, roadsides, drivers and road users.