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.