ESC com­pul­sory for new cars from 2018

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

SEPANG: The gov­ern­ment has fast­for­warded its plan to make it com­pul­sory for new pas­sen­ger cars to have Elec­tronic Sta­bil­ity Con­trol (ESC) from 2021 to June 1, 2018.

An­nounc­ing this yes­ter­day, Trans­port Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said Malaysia is the first coun­try in the re­gion to reg­u­late the ap­pli­ca­tion of ESC as safetyas­sist tech­nol­ogy in new cars, as a re­sult of con­stant pres­sure by Asean NCAP (New Car As­sess­ment Pro­gramme) with car man­u­fac­tur­ers.

It is learned that the Road Trans­port Depart­ment had ini­tially planned for ESC to be part of the UN/ECE reg­u­la­tion for pas­sen­ger cars sold in Malaysia by 2021.

Liow said that ESC could pre­vent at least 40% of deaths due to crashes as a re­sult of los­ing con­trol.

“It could fur­ther re­duce risk of col­li­sions by hav­ing bet­ter con­trol dur­ing crit­i­cal sit­u­a­tions,” he said at the Stop the Crash Asean 2016 at Sepang In­ter­na­tional Cir­cuit.

Cur­rently, new lo­cal car mod­els launched this year such as Pro­ton Per­sona (all vari­ants), Pro­ton Per­dana 2.4 litre, Pero­dua Bezza (pre­mium) and Pro­ton Saga (pre­mium) are in­stalled with ESC.

“Stud­ies have proved that ESC is the most cost-ef­fec­tive life sav­ing de­vice at present.”

Po­lice data last year showed that frontal col­li­sion and loss of con­trol were the main causes of crashes and deaths on the road.

“These type of col­li­sions con­trib­ute to 45.39% of fa­tal ac­ci­dents,” he added.

He also said reg­u­la­tions to make it com­pul­sory for new mo­tor­cy­cles to be equipped with anti-lock brak­ing sys­tem (ABS) could be a pos­si­bil­ity in the fu­ture.

“But let’s take one step at a time with ESC, child car seat reg­u­la­tion in 2019 and oth­ers,” Liow added. – by Shahrim Tam­rin

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