Hornbill Unleashed

December 2, 2013

Consistency of JPJ enforcement vital to ensure safety of road users

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 12:00 AM
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Ahmad Fadzly Esa

The recent 12-year End-of-Life Vehicle (ELV) policy proposal has created an uproar among Malaysians.

Owners of passenger cars were very unhappy for they already had to purchase their vehicles at exorbitant prices, with many having to obtain a nine-year loan tenure.

Used car dealers were also outraged by the proposal as they felt that if it were to be implemented, their business would be severely impacted.

Although the issue has died down with the denial by Deputy Minister Datuk Aziz Kaprawi that the policy would be introduced anytime soon, various parties are still discussing the proposal that came about after the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (Miros) conducted a crash test on old cars in Malacca.

Perhaps the test is best conducted on commercial vehicles which include buses, lorries and taxis as statistics suggest that these vehicles are more likely to be involved in road accidents compared to passenger vehicles.

It is common for us to see buses which seem unworthy of being on the road, but still pass Puspakom’s regular checks.

Although the vehicle inspection centre approves of such buses, the question that springs to mind is: Who will be responsible should these old buses experience brake failure and so on, and eventually meet with an accident?

Apart from that, a closer look at the government’s policy through the Commercial Vehicles Licensing Board (LPKL) to allow school buses to be in operation beyond 30 years invites potential danger especially to schoolchildren.

Previously, the culture of flip-flop which pervaded the government’s policy making decision had contributed to an alarming number of road accidents, leading to a directive for express buses to be installed with a black box.

The proposal has yet to be implemented because of protests from express and tour bus operators.

Pan Malaysian Bus Operators Association (PMBOA) president Datuk Ashfar Ali told theantdaily that the proposal to install a black box did not go down well with association members.

Instead, he said, some 120 express buses have been installed with a Global Positioning System (GPS) device.

“The move has proven to be costly,” Ashfar pointed out.

When asked about the move to dispatch plainclothes Road Transport Department’s (JPJ) enforcers to bus terminals, Ashfar said, “It is only done during festive seasons.”

He, however, hoped that such a policy would be implemented throughout the year to ensure bus drivers comply with JPJ regulations.

Consistency is therefore important in ensuring the safety of road users, and by that, the government must not only be seen to introduce certain policies in the wake of a tragic accident.

The horrific Genting Highlands bus tragedy in August which claimed the lives of 37 passengers was another reminder that the government still has a lot to do to achieve the objectives outlined in the United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety.

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