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JOHN (PSEUDONYM) Â Dear Torque, I sec­ond the sen­ti­ment of reader Roy in his let­ter quoted in the July is­sue [Au­tonomous emer­gency brak­ing will save lives if it’s made mandatory].

It is with re­gret that safety has never been prop­erly re­garded by the LTA and au­tho­rised deal­er­ships. Unlike the Euro­pean Union, no lo­cal law has been leg­is­lated to have ESP (elec­tronic sta­bil­ity pro­gramme), AEB (au­tonomous emer­gency brak­ing) and a min­i­mum of six airbags as stan­dard in ev­ery car. This shows a se­vere lack of aware­ness among the au­thor­i­ties, deal­er­ships and con­sumers on the is­sue of car safety.

With­out leg­is­la­tion to en­force safety stan­dards and be­cause of heavy taxes even on op­tional equip­ment, deal­er­ships are dis­cour­aged to put pas­sive safety fea­tures in the cars they sell. To pro­mote their sales, vis­i­ble mar­ket­ing tech­niques in the form of leather seats and ex­pen­sive au­dio sys­tems seem to take prece­dence as sell­ing points to car buy­ers.

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