Minister urges road users to be socially responsible

Syazwani Hj Rosli

Minister of Transport and Infocommunications Dato Seri Setia Awang Abdul Mutalib bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Yusof urged all road users to be socially responsible.

During a press conference yesterday, the minister emphasised on two aspects – management and road safety in general in response to a question on the recent road fatality which occurred at the Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Bridge.

He added that the Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications (MTIC) is working together with the Ministry of Development (MoD) in terms of management, and that investigations are being carried out by the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF).

“I was informed and made to understand that the Bridge Maintenance Office has reinforced its Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the workers who are currently performing maintenance and construction work,” he said.

“Improvements are constantly being carried out towards strengthening and updating SOPs, particularly on Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) for workers.

“The workers’ work schedules should be adjusted, so that they won’t conduct any maintenance or construction work while the bridge is in use. Those would be carried out an hour after the bridge closes to prevent more road accidents from occurring.

“I’ve also been made to understand that all safety precautions are now to be established, such as visibility procedures for road work areas, which are required to be put in place by the workers.

“It is an unfortunate event, but Insya Allah, public cooperation will further reduce the occurrence of road accidents and improve the status of road safety. This is of utmost importance.

“In the aspects of road safety, when an accident takes place, two factors will be addressed – the SOPs on that road and the driver’s behaviour. I would urge all road users to have a sense of social responsibility and to think of their own lives, their families and everyone else’s.

“Often, one of the main causes of road accidents is driving over the speed limit. Road safety is not the sole responsibility of the government. We (the government) have worked hard together with NGOs and private sectors in trying to save lives on the road, but when we are not socially responsible, all the efforts will go to waste. So, I implore to all of you to observe the speed limit and to use your seat belts.

“All of the fatalities which occurred this year alone were the consequences of not wearing seat belts. So, social responsibility does matter. Everyone needs to be socially responsible.”