Carmaker’s employees make festive road safety pledge

  • Metro News
  • Monday, 10 Jun 2019

Zainal (centre) with Perodua employees after handing out high-visibility safety vests to motorcyclists.

SOME 10,500 Perusahaan Otomobil Kedua Sdn Bhd (Perodua) employees across the country pledged their commitment to drive responsibly during Hari Raya.

“As millions of Malaysians take to the roads to celebrate Hari Raya in their hometowns, Perodua is pulling out all the stops in its road safety programme to further stress the importance of taking road safety seriously,” Perodua president and chief executive officer Datuk Zainal Abidin Ahmad said.

“As a people-first company, Perodua genuinely cares for the safety and well-being of its employees, customers and the public.

“Since launching our long-term road safety programme in October 2017, we have embarked on many educational and awareness-boosting initiatives, both internally and externally,” he added.

The company held a balik kampung flag-off ceremony for its staff at its Sungai Choh headquar­ters, where Zainal handed out high-visibility safety vests to those using motorcycles and reminded everyone to take extra care on the road during the festive period.

“Of all road users, motorcyclists are arguably the most exposed to danger,” he said.

“We have initiated an internal smart riding programme, under which all staff must wear the safety vests when riding to and from work. The vests greatly increase their visibility to other road users.”

Zainal added that the programme also involves refresher courses that staff motorcyclists are required to undergo every two years, along with theoretical and practical tests they must pass to

be allowed to park their bikes at designated areas near the buildings.

Conducted by Perodua’s internal trainers accredited by the Social Security Organisation (Socso), the refresher courses serve to remind bikers of road rules and emphasise the importance of abiding them.

“We also constantly remind our employees of our four road safety pillars – wear your seat belt, use your turn signals, secure children in child seats and do not use mobile devices when driving – and to practise kiken yochi, a technique of anticipating potential hazards,” said Zainal.

Perodua recently participated in the launch of the government’s national-level Hari Raya road safety campaign, where it gave away 10 GearUp Isofix child car seats, ran its Tweckbot vehicle inspection service, and continued to spread the safety message to visitors.

“Tweckbot is our long-running complimentary 50-point vehicle inspection service that aims to promote the importance of checking one’s vehicle regularly.

“Nearly 8,000 vehicles have been inspected under this service since 2011. We believe that safety is a must and that it is everyone’s right.”

Zainal urged Malaysians heading to their hometowns during the festive period to plan ahead, rest well before their drive, check the roadworthiness of their vehicles and drive courteously, patiently and carefully.

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