My family and I have been living in the country happily and peacefully for the past 10 years. While the world is fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, citizens and residents of Brunei are enjoying a safe environment due to the efficient governance and decisive policies that successfully curbed the spread of the coronavirus.
Owning a four-wheeler is a basic necessity in the country due to the climate; the number of four-wheelers on the road is almost on par with the adult population. As a matter of fact, according to a report, Brunei has the higher car ownership ratio in the region at a staggering 721 cars per 1,000 people.
Car sales are always showing a positive trend, with steady increase in the demand for after-sale services, repair workshops, spare parts dealers and car parks.
Most car dealerships are concentrated in Beribi, which means there is very little room for expansion. While some dealerships remain steadfast in keeping their maintenance service facilities under the same roof as their showrooms, others have moved their after-sale services to other industrial sites.
The maintenance service facilities are pressured to remain top notch while dealing with an increasing volume of customers. Ideally, these facilities expand in response to the number of vehicles sold, in order not to sacrifice quality. Sadly, at presence, these two data sets don’t seem to match.
Another impact of increasing car sales has been traffic congestion, especially during peak hours. Thankfully, being a polite culture means that there are seldom any honkings or reckless driving. However, I believe the authorities should look into restricting heavy vehicles during busy times, to ensure both schoolchildren and office workers could arrive at their destination on time and hassle-free.
A Solution Monger