151 road traffic offences in first six months this year

Syazwani Hj Rosli

Road traffic offences numbering 151 and 171 public complaints on road users were received on the 123 hotline from January to June 2020.

Land Transport Department (JPD) Director Haji Rozaly bin Haji Saidon shared these statistics during a press conference at the Amar Pahlawan Hall of the Ministry of Transport of Infocommunications (MTIC) yesterday.

Haji Rozaly said that among the common road traffic offences included 112 for overloading, 72 for vehicles with bald tyres with each violator being issued six SiKAP demerit points, 11 driving without wearing seatbelts and being issued nine SiKAP demerit points and 24 drivers nabbed using mobile phones and each issued with 12 SiKAP demerit points.

He said 190 road offences were recorded last year, while 151 offences have been recorded in the first half of this year.

“The public should always comply with road rules and drive with care to ensure road safety,” Haji Rozaly said.

Touching on the increase in vehicles catching fire, the JPD stated vehicle modifications should be carried out only by qualified mechanics while inspections should be done at workshops accredited by JPD.

Drivers were also told not to allow engines to run for too long, especially if exposed to direct sunlight, be careful and vigilant about the use of spare parts, and not to leave power banks, mobile phones or flammable or explosive items including oil or gas bottles in vehicles for too long.

The JPD requested workshop owners to carry out vehicle maintenance and services in an orderly manner and to prioritise safety by ensuring that the employees are certified mechanics, follow correct standards and procedures, provide quality maintenance and service and to not use low quality spareparts.

“The JPD and other agencies such as the Fire and Rescue Department and Royal Brunei Police Force will continue to monitor vehicle fire incidents. Random inspections will be carried out at workshops and premises to ensure that rules are followed. Stern action will be taken against violators,” Haji Rozaly said.