Lack of demand, so vehicles sold in Malaysia don't meet global safety standards
KAJANG: The lack of demand among Malaysians for safety features is the main reason why many vehicles sold in the country do not meet international safety standards, said Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (Miros) director-general Prof Dr Ahmad Farhan Mohd Sadullah.
He said many Malaysians still did not bother wearing seat belts and helmets.
"There are also no regulations to ensure that vehicles sold in Malaysia must comply with international safety standards.
"This is why there are similar models of cars sold in Malaysia but their safety features are different from those in other countries like the United States," he told a press conference after signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with China's Research Institute of Highway here Thursday.
To prevent car manufacturers from practising such "double standards", Dr Ahmad Farhan said the Government was constantly engaging in talks to convince them there was a growing demand for safer cars.
On why the Government did not take the initiative to make regulations that would ensure better safety features in vehicles, Dr Ahmad Farhan said: "It will take a long time before such a law can be approved in Parliament. We believe it will be more effective if we talk to manufacturers directly.
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