Public welcome to electric vehicle showcase

Azlan Othman

The public is welcome to attend the four-day electric vehicle (EV) showcase at Bridex in Jerudong, said Minister of Transport and Infocommunications Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Abdul Mutalib bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Yusof during the 17th Legislative Council (LegCo) session yesterday, in response to questions posed on Tuesday.

“The EV task force plays a role in formulating reports in the form of assessment on the development of issues that will be examined in the pilot EV project,” he said.

“This will become input in strengthening the future direction of EVs, including incentives and so on. At this juncture, I welcome the public to attend an EV showcase (from March 25 to 28) at Bridex in Jerudong, where we can test drive electric vehicles brought into the country.”

On the proposals to exempt the loading fee charge of 10 per cent for vehicles aged six and above, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Abdul Mutalib took note of the suggestion, which he said he would relay to the Brunei Insurance and Takaful Association (BITA).

“The issue of vehicle insurance costs related to accidents is under discussion at the National Road Safety Council (MKKJR) level, whereby representatives from BITA are members of MKKJR,” he said.

“On establishing the issuance of driving licences for automatic vehicles, this matter is noted and under consideration by the Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications (MTIC).

“Among the steps that should be taken into account is amendments to Road Traffic Regulations by adding Class 3A and imposing certain conditions. At present, there are no specific tests for new drivers using automatic transmission vehicles.

“Currently, any drivers who are re-tested due to expired driving licences are allowed to drive automatic transmission vehicles.”

On the approval and control of driving licences for foreign workers, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Abdul Mutalib said, “Foreign workers with foreign driving licences are allowed to drive in the country, not exceeding one year. However, foreign workers working or residing in the country are required to change their foreign driving licences to Brunei driving licences.

“They are also required to undergo driving and road code tests, especially those driving commercial vehicles, before a change in driving licences is approved.”

On the effectiveness of SiKAP (Driver Safety Practice System), he said “the technical matters require integrated coordination, especially with the Royal Brunei Police Force and Land Transport Department (JPD), which will be improved continuously”.