Brunei sees decreasing trends in road accidents

James Kon

The number of road accidents in Brunei Darussalam has seen a decreasing trend of 55 per cent, from 29 fatalities in 2017 to 13 fatalities in 2019. As of last November, 11 fatalities have been recorded this year.

This was revealed by Minister of Transport and Infocommunications Dato Seri Setia Awang Abdul Mutalib bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Yusof during the launch of Brunei Darussalam Road Safety Strategic Plan 2025 yesterday.

He continued, “Let’s continue to strive and pray for the decreasing trend to continue with our goal of achieving zero fatalities for road accidents.”

Dato Seri Setia Awang Abdul Mutalib shared that the Road Accident Data Development and Enhancement (RADED) system has been on a trial phase since July 1 and is projected to be fully implemented on January 1, 2021.

It is expected to “expedite any necessary decisions taken by relevant parties”, he added.

Minister of Transport and Infocommunications Dato Seri Setia Awang Abdul Mutalib bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Yusof being briefed at the event. PHOTO: JAMES KON

The Brunei Darussalam Road Safety Strategic Plan 2025, the minister said, “is based on several strategic outcomes covering safety for all road users, safety culture, standards and infrastructure. Several strategic pillars have also been identified namely more effective law enforcement, a more robust legal and regulatory framework; strengthening governance and leadership; effective data collection and use of technology”.

It has 160 initiatives, with 48 rolled out over the next five years.

“A consensus was reached to select the vision of zero road accident fatalities. This zero target is not easy to achieve. However, we need to realise that every road user’s life is precious and priceless. Any loss of life or even any road accident has a huge and long-term impact on the victim, family and even the community.

“Therefore, this zero target, although not easy, is very important to become a guide and hope for all of us.”

The strategic plan will be uploaded on the National Road Safety Council’s official website at www.mkkjr.gov.bn.