KUALA LUMPUR: A driving institute for heavy vehicle drivers will be set up, aimed at instilling defensive driving skills to minimise accident rates involving commercial vehicles.
Transport Ministry parliamentary secretary Datuk Donald Lim said that despite various road safety campaigns being conducted, the number of accidents was still alarming.
“There were 265,175 accidents recorded in 2001 and the figure rose to 279,641 last year, an increase of 14,466 while the number of accidents involving heavy vehicles was 7,384.
“We hope that once the institute is set up by year's end, the drivers (of heavy vehicles) will have the safety of other road users on their minds,” he told reporters at Puspakom in Wangsa Maju yesterday after launching a road safety campaign and the launch of GoodwaySupercool, a retread tyre manufactured by Goodway Rubber Industries Sdn Bhd.
Lim said the road safety campaign held with the collaboration of Puspakom to raise awareness on the importance of tyre maintenance for heavy vehicles was commendable.