KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia will have its own destructive crash test facility that will focus on impact with motorcycles and pedestrians by middle of the year.
Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (Miros) director-general Prof Dr Ahmad Farhan Mohd Sadullah said the Malaysian Vehicle Assessment Programme (MyVAP) would cost RM5mil.
“Currently, local cars are sent to countries like Spain and Australia for such tests. This costs a lot of money and the tests conducted are not customised to the needs of our country,” he said.
“However, by having our own facility, the costs will be reduced and the tests carried out will also be more suitable in the Malaysian context,” he told reporters after an integrated road safety operation in conjunction with Chinese New Year here yesterday.
Dr Ahmad Farhan said the main concern was the impact of hitting a motorcycle or a pedestrian in the event of an accident. “The facility would address these issues. In countries like the United States or Australia, motorcycles make up less than 10% of their vehicle population and it is not their main concern.
“However, in Malaysia, 60% are motorcycles and 60% of deaths in road accidents involve motorcycles.
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