PETALING JAYA: Statistics from PLUS Expressways Bhd have shown a drop in accidents involving heavy vehicles in the past four years.
There were 992 accidents recorded last year compared to 1,046 in 2007.
This is despite an increase in the number of heavy vehicles plying PLUS roads with 17.4 million heavy vehicles recorded last year compared to 13.2 million in 2007.
“PLUS will continue its efforts to educate heavy vehicle drivers and operators so accidents involving heavy vehicles will continue to decrease,” said its managing director Datuk Noorizah Abdul Hamid after launching the Respect Your Limits road safety programme yesterday.
She said the programme, introduced in 2008, had so far educated 4,000 heavy vehicle drivers and operators.
“Seminar participants are given safe driving tips and discuss issues they face. They also share their experiences and learn from each other,” she said, adding that seminars would be held throughout the country for 1,500 new participants this year.
Noorizah said an Exemplary Road Safety Award would be introduced this year to recognise and reward heavy vehicle drivers and operators.
“The winning driver will be given RM5,000, a trophy and certificate. Another category will award the winning operator a trophy and certificate,” she said.
PLUS' partners in this programme include the police, Malaysian Highway Authority, Road Safety Department and Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research.
Joining as co-sponsor is Puspakom, whose chief executive officer Hisham Othman urged heavy vehicle operators to practise preventive maintenance as a matter of routine.
“Don't just send your vehicles for maintenance right before inspection time,” he said, adding that three million heavy vehicle inspections had been conducted last year, with 30% failing in areas such as brakes and tyres.
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