KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (Miros) chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye stated that, separate fatal accidents involving tanker lorries in Bintulu and Lahad Datu on Monday have raised concern on road safety issues involving heavy vehicles.
“I believe that the relevant agencies and the oil companies involved, which are known for their strict rules and regulations on safety, are now investigating the cases thoroughly,” he said.
He stated, it was important that they leave no stone unturned and find the causes of the fatal accidents and ways to avoid similar incidents from recurring in the future.
“The most important thing to do after the investigations are completed is to make the report public so that the people could know what had caused the two accidents,” he added.
Lee was surprised since petroleum companies were known for the high standard for safety and health aspects, but still that such incidents could happen.
He also remarked that this in line with the MIROS effort to promote a safety culture among heavy vehicle operators, including express buses and lorries.
“I hope that the Government would also set up a transformation lab for lorries and trucks after it had completed the Express Bus Transformation Lab on April 7,” said Lee.
He pointed out that this will help the authorities find mitigation efforts to help reduce the number of accidents involving lorries and the impact to other road users.
“One of the reasons for accidents involving heavy vehicles is fatigue and we need to be able to monitor the drivers and ensure that they could perform up to the standards required of them, the use of illegal retread tyres and their debris on highways,” he explained.
He added, the Government should also conduct frequent health checks on lorry drivers to ensure that they are healthy and not on drugs.
“I believe that enforcement alone is insufficient as we need to increase awareness and participation from heavy vehicle drivers and other road users so that they could always be on alert and take precautionary measures to prevent accidents,” he advised. – Sarawakvoice