Azlan Othman & Wani Roslan
Since the bridge linking the Brunei-Muara District to the Temburong District was opened on March 17, the public has benefitted from faster, convenient and safe travel between the two districts without having to cross the border or travelling by boat.
The Land Transport Department (JPD) and the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) reminded the public on the importance of abiding by road traffic regulations to ensure the safety and well-being of all.
With monitoring by the Brunei-Muara–Temburong Bridge Management and through the use of CCTV, JPD and RBPF as enforcement agencies will patrol and carry out enforcement activities on a regular basis to ensure the adherence to road and traffic laws and regulations.
JPD and RBPF in collaboration with the Brunei-Muara–Temburong Bridge Management organised road safety awareness campaign on the bridge yesterday.
Acting Director of Traffic Control and Investigation Department (JSKLL) Senior Superintendent Pengiran Haji Abdul Salam bin Pengiran Haji Abdul Ghani, said driving at a high speed on the bridge will result in accidents which can lead to collision causing the vehicle to fall off the bridge. “If an accident occurs on a bridge, we have to handle it as an emergency situation, unlike a regular road accident as there is no exit or alternative route to save the victims immediately,” he said.
Pengiran Haji Abdul Salam advised road users to comply with speed limit of 80km/hr for common vehicles while 65km/hr for commercial vehicles, and not to use the Temburong Bridge as a race track. “The bridge has been installed with CCTV which can record vehicle movement including activity that is carried out on and throughout the bridge. Any road violation can be detected and action will be taken,” he said.
Based on JPD and RBPF monitoring, the majority of drivers are seen to be abiding by the road traffic regulations such as driving within the speed limit, not stopping by the roadside without any emergency reasons, wearing safety belts and not using mobile phones
A small number of users have been found violating traffic offences while passing through
JPD and RBPF reminded the public to follow the road traffic regulations when using the
These include not to exceed the speed limit, not to make any internal or external modifications to the original state of the vehicle, not to use mobile phones including any portable electronic handheld devices while driving, avoid driving in a tired or sleepy state, avoid driving after taking any medications that may cause drowsiness, wear the safety belt while driving, be considerate and respectful to other road users, ensure the vehicle is in safe and good condition, ensure that there is adequate fuel in the vehicle before making the journey, always plan journeys to ensure safety, heavy vehicles of Classes 2 and 5 must obtain a permit before using the bridge and must not exceed the vehicle weight and capacity limits, heavy vehicles must ensure load is being carried properly and neatly following safety guidelines, reduce speed and be careful when driving in bad weather conditions such as heavy rain, strong wind and fog.
Drivers are advised to turn on the vehicle headlights during heavy rain and in foggy conditions. Cycling is not allowed on the bridge. Vehicles are not allowed to stop on the bridge. Walking and running are not allowed on the bridge.
JPD, RBPF and other enforcement agencies will take stern action on individuals or businesses violating the Road Traffic Regulations and Acts.
The public is also reminded to ensure the cleanliness of the bridge and the environment. Disposing or dumping rubbish in public places is an offence under the Minor Offences Act, Chapter 30, Section 12 (Amended) 2006, which carries a fine of not more than BND500.
Failing to settle the fine the defendant will be brought to court, where the first offence can be punishable with a BND1,000 fine, while the second and subsequent offences can be punishable with fines up to BND3,000 or imprisonment not exceeding three months.
Complaints on road traffic on the bridge can be made by contacting Darussalam line at 123 or via website at www.123.gov.bn or via WhatsApp at 8333123 or address them to the Bridge Management with photos of the vehicle(s) involved.