Install bells or horns on bicycles, urges Permanent Secretary

Syazwani Hj Rosli

The Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications (MTIC) through the Brunei Road Safety Council (BNRSC) will continue to play an important role towards enhancing road safety in Brunei.

Cyclists, besides wearing visible clothing especially at night and the use of white and red lights, should install bells or horns on their bikes and to always use the left side of the road and follow the traffic flow and be prudent riders while cycling on the road, said Permanent Secretary at the MTIC Haji Mohammad Nazri bin Haji Mohammad Yusof, while delivering remarks at the High-Level Policy Dialogue with stakeholders on cycling safety in Brunei Darussalam held at The Centrepoint Hotel in Gadong yesterday morning.

“This includes safety issues for all road users be they drivers and passengers as well as other road users such as pedestrians and cyclists,” he said.

He went on to explain that the dialogue session was aimed at encouraging the involvement of stakeholders in the cycling sector through a whole-of-nation approach in addressing the gaps and challenges relating to cycling safety in Brunei.

The dialogue session, he said, was also a continuation on the results of the cycling safety workshop held last year in September.

The permanent secretary also touched on the stakeholder engagement session for cycling regulation and proposed introducing a requirement for the need for escort vehicles in controlling road use for cyclists and guidelines for cycling on roads which emphasised on the use of high visibility clothing especially at night.

He also highlighted the use of safety helmets and the use of white lights for the front of bicycles and red light at the back of bicycles in accordance with the international standards and cycling regulations in the country.

BNRSC in collaboration with its strategic partners has also introduced ‘share the road’ initiatives and campaigns where cyclists are encouraged to follow cycling procedures by ensuring a clearance of 1.5 metres from the vehicles.

Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications Haji Mohammad Nazri bin Haji Mohammad Yusof. PHOTO: RAHWANI ZAHARI