Consumers Association of Penang

Giving voice to the little people...since 1970

Independent inquiry needed for fatal crane accident in Penang

An independent inquiry is urgently needed to assess the role and functions of the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH), besides reviewing the Occupational Safety and Health Act to ensure overall safety, health and welfare of all workers and public.

This call is made by the Consumers’ Association of Penang in view of the recent spate of accidents involving heavy machineries.  Yesterday one person died while three others were injured when a seven-storey-high crane tower at a construction site toppled and damaged some buildings in Georgetown, Penang.

Re-registration of commercial vehicles, a necessary hassle

Whether the re-registration exercise of commercial vehicles is a source of contention to transport operators or not it is vital to compile proper records which has hitherto been messy under the Commercial Vehicles Licensing board. The Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) should go ahead as planned.

Carnage on the roads

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Looking at the road fatalities over the last few days leading up to Hari Raya the scenario does not appear to have improved over the last year. The authorities have still not taken into consideration many of the recommendations made by CAP.

The average fatality rate for last year was 18 per day. However, from the road deaths reported over the last few days we have exceeded this figure. We can also expect to surpass the 6,872 total fatalities reported last year.

The appalling state of our commercial vehicles

Are our commercial vehicles really safe even after undergoing mandatory safety vehicle inspections? Recent media reports have cast doubts over safety inspections and exposed the appalling state of our commercial vehicles.

Strict safety measures needed for electric bicycles

CAP opines that as long as all necessary safety measures are strictly followed, a certain category of electric bicycles may be introduced in Malaysia.

There are many definitions and categories of electric bicycles and the laws in different countries differ accordingly. There are electric bicycles which are capable of attaining a top speed of 60Kph. Since they travel silently at such high speed and are inconspicuous to other motorists, they are dangerous for our road conditions.