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Experts discuss road safety issues in the region

Some 100 participated in a joint webinar ‘Expanding Road Safety Research Beyond Boundaries’ organised by the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS) and Centre of Transport Research (CfTR) of Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB).

The webinar aimed to identify common issues on road safety and recent research and development findings in the Sultanate, Malaysia and the region to facilitate future joint projects and knowledge exchange.

Recitations of Surah Al-Fatihah and Doa Selamat started the webinar followed by introduction from the moderators Head of Crash Data Operational and Managament Unit at MIROS TS Ahmad Noor Syukri Zainal Abidin and Director of CfTR at UTB Dr Tan Soon Jiann.

The opening remarks were delivered by Adjunct Professor and Director General of MIROS Dato’ Dr Khairil Anwar bin Abu Kassim and UTB Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr Hajah Zohrah binti Haji Sulaiman.

Experts from the Sultanate and Malaysia convened over two sessions and eight series of presentations on road safety issues.

The webinar in progress. PHOTO: UTB

The first session was moderated by TS Ahmad Noor Syukri. The topics included ‘ASEAN New Car Assessment Programme: History, Current and Future’ by Director, Vehicle Safety and Biomechanics Research Centre at MIROS Associate Lieutenant Colonel TS Zulhaidi Mohd Jawi; and ‘Applying International Road Assessment Programme Fundamentals in Improving Road Safety’ by Senior Researcher at the Road Traffic and Infrastructure Unit, Road Safety, Engineering and Environment Research Centre of MIROS Alvin Poi Wai Hoong.

The other topics were ‘Driving Simulator and Computer-based Applications for High Impact Safe Driving Awareness Programme’ by Head, Driving Simulation and Psychometric Data Unit, Road User, Behavioural Change Research Centre of MIROS Mohd Khairul Alhapiz Ibrahim; and ‘Current Development in Borneo: Road Safety Perspective’ by Senior Researcher at the Office of the Director General of MIROS TS Dr Iskandar Abdul Hamid.

Meanwhile, Dr Tan Soon Jian moderated the second session. Assistant Professor at School of Computing and Informatics, UTB Dr Wida Susanty binti Haji Suhaili presented on ‘Road Accident Data Enhancement and Development – A Case Study of Brunei Darussalam’.

Associate Professor at the Faculty of Civil Engineering of Ain Shams University, Egypt Dr El-Said Mamdouh Mahmoud Zahran spoke on ‘Spatial Traffic Accident Analysis (STAA)’; while Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Science, Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) Dr Yong Shiaw Yin spoke about ‘Identifying Driving Patterns at Signalised Junctions to Enhance Traffic Safety’.

Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Engineering of UTB Dr Sheik Mohammed Sulthan concluded the second session with his topic ‘Charging Methods and Safety of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations’.

MIROS and UTB, represented by CfTR, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on May 21, 2021 to establish cooperation in road safety. The webinar is one of the initiatives under the MoU providing a platform for its participants to develop knowledge and understanding on the latest findings on contemporary issues on the region’s road safety.