| Zee Yusri |
THE Ministry of Communications published a Land Transport White Paper for Brunei Darussalam which sets out the strategic goals for better and safer roads in the country.
It was revealed that the Centre for Transport Research (CfTR), together with the Brunei National Road Safety Council have set a national target of a 35 per cent reduction in the fatality rate by 2020. The target was set based on data of road fatalities data and new measures introduced in line with the Decade of Action for Road Safety (2011-2020).
Meanwhile, the Land Transport Masterplan (LTMP) compiled in the White Paper defines a core set of national road safety targets and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for different user groups and types of accidents.
The KPIs include the number of people killed and seriously injured that needs to be reduced by 50 per cent, the number of of child deaths by 60 per cent and the number of slight casualties by 25 per cent. By 2025, the KPIs state a reduction of fatalities and injuries by 60 per cent, the number of child deaths by 70 per cent and the number of slight casualties by 35 per cent.
The White Paper also highlights the need for efficient transport connectivity and services in building the economy.
The White Paper identifies a transport policy framework, strategies, facilities, infrastructure and services required to serve the nation’s long-term land transportation system up to 2035. It also sets measures to address the many challenges faced ranging from poor provision of public transport services, costs and inefficient connectivity.
The document is also intended to shape the development of a transport corridor and Brunei’s connectivity with neighbouring states and the subregion for the movement of people, goods and services as well as to facilitate businesses and development of the transport industry. Its overall aim is to develop a sustainable land transportation system to improve socio-economic development and greatly improve the quality of life.
A basic policy framework has also been developed comprising desired future outcomes set out in a long-term land transport mission through a set of strategic goals, a framework for monitoring which will allow policy makers to understand whether the desired outcomes are likely to be achieved, reasons for varying degrees of progress made and whether the LTMP itself needs to be adjusted to achieve the goals.
In addition, the LTMP contained in the White Paper highlights five strategic goals: to support Brunei’s economic development, international competitiveness across key growth sectors and planned spatial changes in economic activity. The second goal is to minimise the transport sector’s impact on the environment and in particular preserve Brunei’s biodiversity, reduce energy use and minimise greenhouse gas emissions.
The third goal is to achieve social sustainability – support safety, health and social inclusion, and the fourth goal is to support demographic change, liveability and quality of life for all, including access to employment, training and other opportunities, while the fifth goal is to promote good governance, sound process and value for money in transport planning and delivery.
Also included in the White Paper are seven national land transport policies divided by themes, which comprise 38 sub-policies.