Call to address, reduce vehicle fire incidents

James Kon

The country recorded 78 vehicle fire incidents involving 83 vehicles until November 19 compared to 80 incidents involving 84 vehicles in the same month last year, Minister of Transport and Infocommunications Dato Seri Setia Awang Abdul Mutalib bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Yusof said at the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims ceremony at the Amar Pahlawan Hall of the Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications (MTIC) yesterday.

He said, “I urge cooperation from the relevant agencies to address and reduce vehicle fire cases.”

The MTIC and the National Road Safety Council (MKKJR) are heeding His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s titah during His Majesty’s visit to the ministry on October 21 on the growing concern for safety issues in the transportation sector.

“This is a matter that needs serious attention,” he said.

Dato Seri Setia Awang Abdul Mutalib also said, “Importance has also been given to issues of vehicle fires where the causes need to be studied in depth and identified.”

The minister also spoke on Blueprint Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020, which will be replaced with the new document, The Brunei Darussalam Road Safety Strategic Plan 2025 which is in the process of being updated.

He said with the new strategic plan, MKKJR will do its best to fulfill its aspirations and public’s expectations of having a safe road environment.

Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Masna, Ambassador-at-Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in her capacity as the Royal Patron of MKKJR also delivered a sabda to commemorate the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims 2020.

The ceremony witnessed a video message from United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) Executive Secretary Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana.

The event continued with the screening of road safety videos from ASEAN, winners of the recent road safety video competition and Brunei Automobile Traders Association (BATA).

The minister presented appointment certificates to Road Safety Champions heads from various sectors including the public and private sector and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) who will help disseminate information and instill a road safety culture.