Road safety reminder for motorists

(From left) Azizul and Wong handing over new safety helmets to a motorcyclist at the event at BHPetrol in Jalan Cheras, Kuala Lumpur.

IN CONJUNCTION with Chinese New Year, BHPetrol continues its tradition to usher in a new beginning with its valued customers, business partners, suppliers, team members, colleagues and media.

BHPetrol also launched its Janji Selamat Sampai Bersama video as part of its road safety campaign for the festive period.

At the event held at BHPetrol in Jalan Cheras 1 and 2, Boustead Petroleum Marketing Sdn Bhd acting chief executive officer Azizul Azily Ahmad said their collaboration with various government agencies was to remind customers on the importance of driving safely during the festive period.

Azizul said they organised various programmes for the public including those in rural areas.

He added that their 10-year-old safety awareness programme “Cerah Ceria” was being implemented at selected schools to increase the students’ understanding on personal safety while on the road.

Besides that, Azizul said BHPetrol was involved in the Go to Safety Point (GTSP) programme, a co-operation with the police to make selected petrol stations as a place to seek early assistance by accident victims before getting help from the police, fire department or hospital.

“So far, 100 BHPetrol stations nationwide are involved in the GTSP programme.

“Our workers have been trained to handle emergency situations and they have the contact numbers required to assist them, ” he explained.

Guests at the event were treated to an energetic lion dance performance and witnessed yee sang tossing ceremony followed by light refreshments.

Goodie bags comprising snacks, drinks and mandarin oranges were distributed to customers and they were also given ang pow packets filled with BHPetrol vouchers.

Lucky motorcyclists also received safety helmets to replace their old ones, a contribution from the Malaysia Road Safety Department (JKJR).

JKJR deputy director-general Wong Yau Duenn, who was the guest of honour, said the government had implemented various programmes and took steps to reduce road accidents, especially during the festive period.

“If all motorists follow the law and think about their own safety including that of others, I’m sure the rate of road accidents can be reduced each year, ” he said.

Wong added that there were 20,829 accidents recorded during the Chinese New Year road safety campaign last year, compared with 21,041 accidents in 2018.

“For the same period, 216 deaths due to road accidents were recorded compared with 226 deaths in 2018, ” he stressed.

He said the Transport Ministry, through his department, coordinated the “Ops Bersepadu” programme this year until Feb 1, and urged everyone to work together to reduce road accidents.

He reminded everyone to practice the seven steps for a safe journey — plan the trip, inspect vehicles to ensure it is in good condition, be alert on surroundings, follow road signs and instructions and the speed limit, stop often to rest, wear seat belts and use child safety seats, and ensure cars have first aid kits and safety triangle for emergencies.

Azizul said they were continuously involved in three safety campaigns annually as part of their corporate social responsibility initiatives.

BHPetrol has grown stronger in its retail network with about 400 retail service stations located throughout Peninsular Malaysia.

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