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Category: Safety EN

Check the installation of video screens in road vehicles

As a road safety measure, the transport authorities should ensure that video screens in road vehicles are installed only for passenger viewing. Drivers should pay full attention to the road and not resort to video entertainment while driving. On 17 Jan 2012 a lorry in Johor was reported to have caused a six-vehicle pile up involving two fatalities. The lorry was installed with a video player and...
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An effective product recall mechanism badly needed

Many millions of cars, food and dangerous consumer products are recalled overseas every year. But we hardly see recalls in Malaysia. Why? Recall of products to protect consumers from risk of injury or death is a common phenomenon in Japan, USA, UK, Australia and New Zealand. Special agencies dealing with recalls provide consumers and businesses with detailed information on product safety,...
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Malaysia still far from achieving Road Safety Plan goals

Since 2007 the behavior of commercial vehicle drivers has been a major issue, and continues to remain so. The result is that bus accidents continually haunt Malaysians, with two bus accidents occurring in Johor within 24 hours of each other recently. In both cases the blame has been put on the drivers for over-speeding. Commercial vehicle drivers play a key role in providing safe journeys for...
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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. ...
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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. Ever since the vehicle re-registeration exercise was started in May there has been endless...
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Carnage on the roads

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...
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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. The directive from the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) to operators of commercial vehicles to re-register their vehicles has opened a can of worms. It is becoming...
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What to do in an accident

Do you know what to do if you are involved in a road accident? You may have injured yourself or another person or you may have damaged your vehicle or another person's vehicle in the process. What should you do? The following guide will come in handy, especially if you're new on the road.   At the accident site 1.    Be calm and do not panic. Neither should you take the law into your hands....
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Our beloved cars – the price we pay

Since the automobile age began, over 17 million men, women and children have died worldwide as the result of this mobile metal box. Certainly any other invention which had killed such a great number of people would be heavily scrutinised by the public and placed in the spotlight for serious questioning. Despite the given statistics, we justify the use of our cars at any cost.   Public enemy...
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We must be made to feel safe and secure

Crime has reached an epidemic level in this country with an increase of 13.36%  in 2007. This has caused general fear and insecurity amongst the people. Based on the statistics from the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM), the increase is astounding as it depicts a rise from 209,388 cases in 2006 to 224,298 in 2007 alone. We cannot but be even more concerned and astonished by the breakdown of the...
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