Over 10,000 road accidents due to use of retread tyres

GEORGE TOWN (Bernama) – Over 10,000 road accidents in Malaysia were due to the use of retread tyres, which Works Minister Baru Bian described as shocking, based on statistics from the Malaysian Highway Authority (MHA).

He said overloaded vehicles such as lorries were also another cause of road accidents.

“I’m very shocked at this. If we divide the figure per year of 365 days, it means we have about 30 road accidents a year due to retread tyres. In the case of overloaded vehicles (causing accidents), the figure is also high.

“To me, we have to take this matter seriously as it goes down to enforcement. We shouldn’t have overloaded vehicles on the road. Secondly, retread tyres are not safe. So, with these statistics, I hope the issue will be looked into,” he said at a news conference yesterday.

Earlier, Baru made a working visit to the MHA Northern Region Office where he was also briefed on highway operations and maintenance, as well as the operational and management aspects of Penang Bridge and Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah Bridge. Also present was MHA Director-General Datuk Aziz Abdullah.