Trucks, buses to go dig­i­tal by 2020

New Straits Times - - News -

SERI KEM­BAN­GAN: Trucks and buses will be re­quired to go dig­i­tal by in­stalling nav­i­ga­tion tools and closed-cir­cuit tele­vi­sion (CCTV) cam­eras by 2020.

Deputy Trans­port Min­is­ter Datuk Ab­dul Aziz Kaprawi said a rul­ing would be leg­is­lated to reg­u­late and re­duce risks of com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles in the wake of the ris­ing ac­ci­dent rate in Malaysia.

He said the rul­ing pro­posed by the Road Trans­port Depart­ment would ap­ply to new ve­hi­cles.

He said older ve­hi­cles that did not com­ply with such safety re­quire­ments would be phased out by 2020 or de­clared not fit for road use when the law came into ef­fect.

“The is­sue is costs. But, it is in­evitable as it is a safety is­sue. We want to re­duce ac­ci­dents. We don’t want peo­ple to be scared of tak­ing buses.”

Aziz trav­elled by bus to the Malaysia Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cle Expo (MCVE) 2017 here yes­ter­day.

He said such sys­tems al­lowed au­thor­i­ties some mea­sure of con­trol over driv­ers and op­er­a­tors as it en­sured that rules were fol­lowed.

The min­istry will be grad­ing the ve­hi­cles us­ing a star rat­ing sys­tem, which can be used to ad­ver­tise their ser­vices, in or­der to en­cour­age op­er­a­tors to adopt the tech­nol­ogy.

Aziz was re­fer­ring to the ac­ci­dent rate where 7,152 peo­ple died in road mishaps last year, a jump from 6,706 deaths the year be­fore.

Pub­lic Trans­port Users As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Ajit Johl said the non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tion sup­ported the move.

“It would be bet­ter if the govern­ment passes the law im­me­di­ately as it would en­cour­age the use of pub­lic trans­port.”

Se­lan­gor and Kuala Lumpur Lorry Op­er­a­tors As­so­ci­a­tion sec­re­tary-gen­eral Alvin Chong said the move was un­nec­es­sary as most haulier and bus com­pa­nies al­ready had safety sys­tems in­stalled.

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